The army is not the only military institution that has been collecting military ribbands for a while.
But now the uniform has been officially rebranded.
CBS News correspondent John Dickerson talked to Army personnel about the process of making the uniform and how they put together a military-themed ribband.
The ribbons have been designed by a team of designers, including a former member of the military’s Special Forces unit, a former Army officer and a former Marine Corps veteran, said Lt.
Col. John F. Kelly, director of the Army’s National Archives.
“These are not ribbons that we would normally wear to a funeral,” Kelly said.
“They are designed specifically to honor our men and women in uniform, the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the families of those who died,” Kelly added.
“We’re not looking to be some sort of American-flag-waving, patriotic-flag waving, patriotic military organization.
We’re not going to be wearing the stars and stripes.”
The ribbands are made from a fabric that is 100 percent cotton, the same material used to make military uniforms, and are woven into the fabric to create a uniform that is almost as tight as the one worn on the battlefield.
It is made from the same type of polyester material used for a traditional cap worn by uniformed officers.
“It’s designed to be like a uniform, but it’s not,” Kelly explained.
“The ribbed band is so tight that it’s practically invisible on the inside of the uniform,” he said.
Kelly added that it takes the team of 10 to 15 days to make the ribbed bands.
“This is not a process that can be rushed,” Kelly insisted.
The Army has been working to put together an official ribband since 2014.
But the service says it is the first time that the ribbons will be worn on uniforms at all.
“There is no question that the service has been doing a fantastic job of creating and keeping tabs on the history of the United States military,” Kelly wrote in a statement.
“We have been able to preserve this legacy and this legacy will be passed on to our troops and families, while allowing us to celebrate this wonderful day.”
The service said it is making the ribbands available to all officers, enlisted personnel, reserve component members and the public.