National Affairs: G.I. Blues

Many a lonely U.S. soldier has cursed the olive drab as he watched an enlisted marine, in the blue and scarlet of a dress uniform, move on to a dance floor. Last week, after years of fretting over the dreary appearance of its enlisted men, the Army finally gave G.I.s a break. On formal occasions, enlisted men as well as officers may now sport a dress uniform consisting of a dark blue coat with gold chevrons and sky blue pants with a gold stripe. To acquire this finery will cost a G.I. about $80 (roughly a month's pay for a private).

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!