Throughout history, the uniforms of the United States military have changed for a wide variety of reasons. Different battle circumstances required different styles and functionality, while new achievements merited new awards. In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of U.S. military uniforms. Suit up!
Future Americans adopted a fine blue coat to fight for independence. It was similar in style to the British red coat.
You could tell that a man was a lieutenant by the epaulet on his shoulder - left for second lieutenants and right for first lieutenants.
During the War of 1812, the fine blue coats were supplanted by grey coats. This was due to a shortage of blue wool.
The Tombstone Shako was the box-style cap that soldiers wore in 1814. It was called this due to the extension at the top front that looked like a tombstone.
Shoulder wings were used to show rank within the forces. Epaulets were the other way of displaying rank.
The hole on the top front of the bell crown cap was meant to accommodate a colored pompon, which revealed the type of service for each soldier. These caps were quite tall.
"Coatee" was a word used to refer to a soldier's coat. The coatee changed styles and colors throughout the years.
Non-commissioned officers were authorized to put chevrons on both sleeves. These were placed above the elbow.
Olive drab uniforms were worn by soldiers in WWII. They also wore the newly designed M1 helmets.
Prior to WWII, soldiers only wore marksmanship badges. During and after the war, specialty awards were created for parachutists, aviators and infantrymen.
Changes happened after WWII. All staff sergeants became sergeants. This was then reversed ten years later.
Badges signifying a soldier's rank in the army were green and gold. The higher the rank the larger the badge.
Vietnam saw the first widespread camo wear. It was called the Army's Engineer Research and Development Lab-made camouflage pattern, or ERDL.
Tigerstripe was a pattern similar to camo. It was worn by Vietnam forces and U.S. forces alike.
Woodland camouflage was widely adopted in 1981. This remained consistent through the mid-2000s.
Afghanistan and Iraq were the first to use mostly desert camo. However, some woodland camo was still used.
OCP uniforms were also known as multicam. These featured digital camo patterns in the desert camo colors.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey made this quote in a press release. The quote addressed recent shifts in uniforms; a transition to the Operational Camouflage Pattern.
The Age of the Shako Headdress took place during the War of 1812. The Shako was a tall, hard hat with a flourish at the front.
The Confederate forces wore grey while the Federal forces wore blue. Of course, this was not strict and there was a lot of variation.
The Spanish-American war saw the introduction of the khaki uniform. The tropical climate made the old blue coats unsuitable.
There was a lull in uniform modernization after WWII. That means that soldiers in the mid-1920s were still wearing uniforms from 1912-1918.
The M41 field jacket became the most recognizable uniform piece of WWII. It was also known as the 1941 Parsons Jacket.
The very last of the WWII and Korean War uniforms were used during the early years of Vietnam. By the 1960s, the uniform received an update.
BDU stands for Battle Dress Uniform. It is another way of describing the woodland camo that we see beginning in 1981.
Army Combat Boots were universally adopted for Iraq in 2003. They have both desert and temperate climate versions.
The Modular Integrated Communications Helmet was introduced in the early 2000s. This type of helmet was a major advance over the Kevlar helmet.
IOTV is the Improved Outer Tactical Vest. It was adopted in 2008 and continues to be innovated and improved.
The Badge of Military Merit was the precursor to the Purple Heart. It was first issued in the Revolutionary War.
The Aerial Gunner Badge was the precursor to the Aircrew Badge. It was first issued in WWII and was last issued in 1953.
The ACU, or Army Combat Uniform, is the current standard uniform in the military. There is also a Flame-Resistant Army Combat Uniform (FRACU).
All of the above branches of the military wear the ACU. It has been worn throughout the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Today, three U.S. flag insignia are authorized to be worn. These include the full-color, full-color IR, and subdued IR.
Near Infrared (NIR) Signature Management Technology is built into a soldier's ACU coat in order to subdue infrared activity. There are also special features that allow American soldiers to identify one another in the dark.
As the name suggests, the trench coat is attributed to The Great War. In reality, it was invented in the early part of the 19th century.