The uniform is what gives the army its distinction above all other branches of the military. In order to maintain that very distinction, the uniform must be worn properly and completely. If any one part of the uniform is unserviceable, missing, or dirty in appearance the distinction of the uniform is lost entirely. That is why it is so important to ensure that your uniform is prepared before it is to be worn.
There are multiple uniforms in the military, all of them with their own parts. The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) consists of a tan T-shirt, tan belt, undergarments, patrol cap with name tape on back, green socks, trousers, jacket with unit patch on left arm, flag on right shoulder, name tape on right breast, and U.S. Army tape on left breast, along with tan combat boots. The uniform is listed as so under article 670-1 UCMJ.
It is important that everybody is wearing the same uniform to show mission readiness/preparedness and unit organization. If one soldier is in the wrong uniform or wearing the uniform incorrectly the whole unit is reflected off of that single soldier, meaning that if one soldier is wrong the whole unit is wrong.
Some do not understand what the limits of serviceable are. If the uniform is torn or boots are worn over 7/16 of an inch the uniform is unserviceable. Also, the uniform is to give a clean and orderly appearance. This means that there must be no stains or discoloration on any part of the uniform. The rank insignia must also be up to standard be no chips or scratches on the rank. The patches worn on the jacket must not be wrinkled or torn as well, this should not be a problem as they are easy and cheap to replace.
In the matter of mission readiness all soldiers need to be in the same uniform as to meet the mission standard or standards. The uniform listed for whatever mission at hand was chosen because it meets the requirements of the mission. If the mission requires ACU’s, you are not going to show up in the physical...