Armed with a rifle, a pair of pants, a backpack and a knife, you’ve stepped onto a battlefield, and now you’re ready to deploy with your troops.
Whether you’re training for combat, as a combat medic, as part of a team, or as a family member, you’ll need to wear your uniform and gear to war.
Read on for tips and tactics to make your uniform a little more professional and less of a mess.1.
Wear your uniform with pride.
Army brass and military-service members can wear their uniforms proudly in any environment, from the classroom to the battlefield.
You can even wear them to a bar or nightclub.
You’ll want to stick to the same basic uniform you’d wear in a military base, with the exception of the shoulder patches, which are optional for those who don’t want to take off their gear.2.
Keep your personal belongings out of the way.
When you’re deployed, you’re not just wearing your uniform; you’re also armed with your weapons.
Your personal effects, including your wallet, cell phone, and keys, can be removed to prevent theft.
The only way to be sure your gear isn’t being used for nefarious purposes is to keep them out of sight.3.
Don’t wear your hair long.
Long hair is a military-standard part of uniform uniform for a number of reasons: You’ll be less visible to the enemy, and the Army prefers a uniform that doesn’t attract attention while you’re away.
But if you have a beard, be careful not to get into a battle with it on.4.
Keep it short.
For some troops, wearing long-sleeve shirts and short-sleeved jeans is a necessity; you’ll also want to wear them at all times to avoid getting in the way of your troops, who are likely to need cover.5.
Take a break from your gear.
The military’s strict dress code makes it easier for your soldiers to focus on the mission.
But there’s a downside to wearing a uniform you’ll likely never see again.
If your troops need a break, they may not have time to stop for an hour or two, and you’ll have to start again.
Your best bet is to just let them know that you’re there, and to wear the uniform to keep yourself and your family safe.6.
Use your own discretion when buying your uniform.
For a lot of guys, their military service wasn’t as important as they thought.
You might not even need to spend a ton of money, but you’ll still want to make sure that you can afford the basics.7.
Dress for the occasion.
If you’re planning to deploy in an infantry platoon, it’s a good idea to dress for the day, as well.
Dress casual for a day at home, like a casual t-shirt, jeans, and a pair at the gym, and your platoonmates might not be as impressed with your outfit.8.
Military uniforms are meant to be worn for a specific purpose.
But when you’re at a bar, the military has guidelines on what you can and can’t wear.
For example, some bars will require you to wear a shirt and tie, while others will let you wear anything.
The Army’s dress code is the same regardless of your branch.9.
Don the uniform on deployment.
The uniform is an essential piece of your gear, but if you don’t have a place to store it on deployment, you can always take it with you.
Your military base will need to store the uniform in a designated locker, and it’ll be up to you to keep it in good condition.10.
Remember to wear it when you get home.
If it’s not on your list of things to wear during deployment, don’t worry—you’ll always have the uniform.
Your family will remember your uniform as well, and they’ll think it was a good choice.11.
Take your uniform to work.
If the Army is in a crisis, the uniform is your best option.
But it’s also important to keep your uniform out of view, especially in the workplace.
It’s also possible that your uniform may be used against you at some point.
But your job is a battlefield and you should always wear your gear with pride, regardless of the circumstances.