(Images and text from AR 670-1, Issue Number 2, 20 May 1987)
Desert Battle Dress Uniform, Daytime Pattern
Desert Battle Dress Uniform, Nighttime Pattern
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Authorization for wear
The Desert Battle Dress Uniform (DBDU) is authorized for year-round wear on duty by all personnel when issued as organizational clothing and prescribed by the commander.
Composition and classification
a. Material composition
(1) Daytime pattern uniform items.
Fabric is 50/50 cotton and nylon twill with infrared protection characteristics and desert camouflage pattern design.
(2) Night pattern uniform items.
Fabric is 50/50 cotton and nylon poplin, light green with dark green grid print.
b. Uniform composition
(1) Coat, desert camouflage, daytime pattern.
The coat is of "Bush type" design with breast and lower pockets, with a back yoke and reinforcement patches on the elbows.
(2) Hat, desert camouflage.
The hat has a stiff crown with a standard width quilted stitched brim, chin strap, and camouflage band. It is made of a six color desert camouflage fabric.
(3) Parka, desert camouflage, night pattern.
The parka has a hood, a button front closure, two slit type hand openings with flap, drawcords at neck, hood, waist and hemline, and buttons on inside for attachment of liner.
(4) Trousers, desert camouflage, daytime pattern.
The trousers contain four standard type pockets, two leg bellows type pockets, and reinforcement patches added at the knees and buttocks.
(5) Trousers, desert camouflage, night pattern.
The trousers have a front opening, two-side slit type openings with flaps.
The folllowing accessories are normally worn with DBDU:
(1) Belt, web with open-faced black buckle.
(2) Boots, combat, leather, black.
(3) Chaplains' accessories.
(4) Gloves, black leather shell with inserts.
(5) Headgear, beret, organizational.
(6) Military Police accessories .
(7) Scarf, olive green 208.
(8) Socks, olive drab.
(10) Undershirt, brown
(11) Organizational clothing and equipment. As prescribed by the commander in accordance with CTA 50-900.
The DBDU is an organizationally issued field, training, or combat uniform.
Occasions for wear
The DBDU may only be worn when prescribed by the commander. It is not for travel nor for wearing off military installations except in transit between the individual's quarters and duty station. See paragraph 2-5e for exceptions to this policy. The DBDU is a field, training, or combat uniform and is not intended to be worn as an all-purpose uniform when other uniforms are more appropriate.
Insignia and accounterments
The insignia and accounterments authorized for wear on the DBDU are:
a. Badges, combat and special skill subdued (pin-on only)
c. Branch insignia
d. Grade insignia
e. Headgear insignia
f. Subdued shoulder sleeve insignia, current organization
g. Name and U.S. Army distinguishing tapes
h. Foreign badges, distinctive unit insignia, regimental affiliation crest and sew-on badges or insignia of rank will not be worn on this organizational uniform
The DBDU is designed to be loose fitting and alterations are not authorized. The coat will be worn outside the trousers, and the trousers will be worn belted. The trousers will be worn bloused using the draw cords or blousing rubbers if the trousers are not tucked into the boots. The DBDU may be pressed but not starched. The commander may require this uniform to be pressed for special occasions when appearance should be sharp such as parades, reviews, inspections, or other ceremonial occasions. When sleeves are rolled up, the camouflage pattern will remain exposed. The sleeves will be rolled neatly abobe the elbow but not more than 3 inches above the elbow. The commander may authorize exceptions to wearing shirt and trousers under conditions appropriate for good health, comfort, and efficiency due to climatic conditions. The DBDU hat is the authorized headgear for this uniform unless other organizational headgear is authorized. The hat will be worn so that no hair is visible on the forehead with the chin strap pulled up under the chin. The parka will be worn buttoned. The shirt collar will be worn inside the parka. The olive green scarf and black leather shell gloves may be worn.