For years, IDF soldiers have complained about the combat uniforms they have to
wear during exercises, operations and on their bases.
In response, the
IDF Technological and Logistics Directorate recently decided to replace the
combat uniforms with the ones worn by US Marines in Afghanistan and
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At first glance, the new uniforms are not so different from those
currently in IDF use. The main difference is that the new model is wrinkle- free
and has extra pockets and more “breathing holes,” as opposed to the traditional
two in the armpits.
“We are trying to make combat more comfortable for
soldiers and more practical with the new uniforms,” an IDF source
One of the more significant changes is the Velcro on the front for
soldiers and commanders to attach their name. Another piece of Velcro is on the
arm for soldiers to stick their unit’s emblem. An additional pocket will be
added to the arm for a pen and notepad, and a new pocket on the shirt will be
designated for a rifle magazine.
The IDF has decided to supply five sets
of uniforms to each recruit, one of which he will hold onto following his
discharge, for reserve duty.
Whether soldiers will be able to keep their
new shirts untucked or they will need to tuck them into their pants has not been
The Technological and Logistics Directorate has begun
distributing the new uniforms to a select group of soldiers and commanders under
a pilot program, that if deemed successful, will lead to the replacement of all
uniforms over the coming year.