New Air Force uniform at the Australian Defence Force Academy
16 February 2015
The Royal Australian Air Force today began the rollout of its General Purpose Uniform (GPU) in Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
One of the cadets to receive the uniform was Officer Cadet Frances Bell who said there was a lot of excitement surrounding the Air Force GPU.
“At ADFA we train every day with the other services and for a long time our working uniform has been the same as Army’s,” Officer Cadet Bell said.
“With this new uniform, we now have a unique identity on campus and in the community, not to mention that it also looks great.”
The GPU provides a consistent look for all Air Force personnel and enables them and their families to take pride in a unique Air Force identity.
The introduction of the GPU will be cost neutral, due to uniform production changes, depletion of existing stocks, and reforms to standard equipment issue.
The GPU is less expensive than the current Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform as it does not have the same camouflage requirements for warlike conditions.
Where an operational threat exists, appropriate clothing and equipment will be issued to meet the specific activity requirement.
The clothing will be made locally, providing direct economic benefits to the Australian community.
Images of the rollout at the Australian Defence Force Academy will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150273
Further information on the GPU can be found at: www.airforce.gov.au/gpu
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