By Josh Linson; Drawings by Josh Linson
From the flashiness of early America to the camouflage of later centuries, military uniforms have evolved and changed. They are reflections of different times and people. But all who wear them marched on and fought for our ideals.
1775 – Official uniforms consist of hunting frocks.
1779 – First true uniform is blue.
1810 – Changed to blue with red color and cuffs.
1812 – Short tailed coat is issued
1813 – Red cuffs and collar disappear and lace takes their place.
1821 – Blue reaffirmed as national color for army uniforms.
1833 – Uniforms simplified to roundabout pattern, fatigue uniforms show up.
1851 – Coattee vanishes and multiple colors appear.
1874 – Ceremonial uniforms are issued.
1888 – Khaki uniforms are issued.
1917 – Service uniforms are simplified and dress uniforms vanish.
1918 – Shoulder-sleeve insignia appears.
1921 – Navy blue stripes added.
1956 – Army Green Uniforms are issued, Blue Dress uniforms are issued.
1988 – Camouflage pattern starts to appear more strongly.
2010 – Multi-cam Uniforms are issued.