New uniform of the Indian Army

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    • Indian Army’s new combat uniform unveiled on 74th Army Day parade.

    Army Day

    • Every year, 15 January is commemorated as “Army Day” to remember the occasion when General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa took over the command of the Indian Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of Independent India

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    • Uniforms are one of the most distinctive identifying features for any military force. 
    • The uniform not only differentiates civilians from military personnel, and between personnel of different militaries, it also engenders togetherness, conformity, and discipline among the personnel.

     Changes in the uniform 

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      • Designed by a team of 12 people at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the uniform was created through a consultative process with the Army, keeping in mind the “4Cs” — comfort, climate, camouflage, and confidentiality.
    • The new uniform will have a mix of colours which include the Olive Green, Earthen shades, with digital patterns keeping in mind the different terrains and areas of deployment of the troops as well as the extreme weather conditions. 
    • Fabric: The fabric for the new material makes it lighter, sturdier, more breathable, and more suitable for the different terrains
    • Cotton-to-polyester ratio: It is 70:30, making it quicker to dry, more comfortable to wear in humid and hot conditions and lightweight.
    • It is an ergonomically designed, operationally effective, new-generation camouflage combat uniform. 
      • The ergonomic features allow for long-hour use and comfort, and micro features are inbuilt for the use of the wearer in field conditions.
    • The new uniform, unlike the old one, has a combat T-shirt underneath and a shirt over it.
      • Also, unlike the older uniform, the shirt will not be tucked in.
    • For the first time, a modified version of the uniform has been developed keeping in mind the specific requirements of lady officers and troops of the Army.
    •   It must be noted that only the combat uniform has been changed.
    •  The Army has several uniforms, including the olive greens, as it is called, for peace area postings, and ceremonial uniforms.

    Source: IE