Combat Couture Under Fire

Soldiers make heavy going of their new look in fatigues

American servicemen do not expect to make the cover of Gentlemen's Quarterly, but they do want their combat wear to be both practical and neat. The latest Army fatigues appear to be neither. The half-nylon, half-cotton outfit, with its amoebic pattern of green, brown, tan and black, is unacceptably hot, even in temperate climates. It was designed to be an "all-service, all-purpose" uniform, but clerks, mechanics and drill sergeants alike bemoan its uncomfortable cut and slovenly look. It was supposed to be the pride...

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