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THE cut and design of the new
mess dress is a black jacket with
red piping on the sleeve cuff and
black trousers with a single red
The Army mess dress is worn
with the white Marcella shirt by all
The jacket will have a button
and chain closure on the front. The
Army mess dress in the black jacket
will be worn by sergeants to lieuten-
ant colonels, with senior officers,
RSM-A and Tier C RSMs wearing
the same design in a red jacket.
Other changes include gold or
silver studs and cuff links applicable
to corps on the shirt.
Corps identity is being main-
tained with current in-service corps
badges and corps cummerbund.
All rank is being transitioned
to black hardboards worn on the
shoulder of the jacket. For sergeants
and warrant officers class two, the
rank will be embroidered on the
RSM Ceremonial WO1 Brett
Pates said the changes to rank
would make it easier for future pro-
"This will allow soldiers, when
they are promoted, to change their
rank slide rather than having to sew
on new rank, and those who com-
mission will not need to be issued a
new uniform," he said.
There is a significant change to
The new-look mess dress:
breaking down the details
the warrant officer class two rank
-- instead of the crown being inside
a square, the crown will be sur-
rounded by a laurel wreath.
Warrant officer class one and
above will have metallic rank
pinned to the hardboard.
The rising sun, trade and quali-
fication badges worn on the sleeves
will transfer to a black background
for the new mess dress.
Positioning of all embellish-
ments on the jacket has been includ-
ed in the new rewrite of ASODs and
will be released in time for the roll
out of the new Army mess dress.
(Armd, Avn and
Colonel and above,
RSM-A, Tier C RSMs
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