Preview of new Air Force suits generally gets bad reviews on popular website

A slide presentation showing the design and color of the Air Force’s new maintenance service uniform was recently leaked online. (US Air Force)

A slide presentation showing the design and color of the Air Force’s new maintenance service uniform was recently leaked online to generally poor reviews.

The dress and appearance update, including the policy on when the housekeeping uniform is appropriate to wear, was released in February 2020.

No images of the new suits were released at the time, just a description of their color – sage.

The slides appeared Wednesday on the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page, creating a frenzy of comments.

“I can’t understand the logic of this color,” commentator Terry Vickery wrote on Wednesday. “In all this time, not a single person on the board thought that hydraulic fluid, fuel, grease, sealants, etc. would show up on a green uniform much worse than on a dark blue or black ????

Only Airmen in certain maintenance fields and other labor-intensive career fields will be permitted to wear the new suits. Individual units must budget for upkeep suits and unit commanders must authorize their wearing, according to the Air Force.

At least eight commenters on the Facebook post described the suits as something a janitor would wear; however, one person said the uniform is “a step in the right direction” in providing maintainers with the proper gear.

The Air Force said Airmen can wear the new maintenance uniform between home and work and at all facilities, but not in an office or non-industrial environment.

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Jonathan Snyder

Jonathan Snyder is a reporter at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. Most of his career was spent as an air combat photojournalist with the 3rd Combat Camera Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is also a Syracuse Military Photojournalism Program and Eddie Adams Workshop alumnus.



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