The new blue uniform is required for all active duty officers to be worn on appropriate occasions. This Army Service Uniform (ASU) is optional for enlisted personnel.
Dress Blue ASU
The following comprises the "Dress Blue ASU:" blue Army coat and trousers, a long-sleeved white shirt, and bow tie. Both the black beret and service cap are permitted. When worn for evening social occasions, commanders may direct that headgear isn't required. Combat boots and organization items (distinctive unit insignia (DUI), Military Police accessories, and brassards) are not authorized for the dress blue ASU. Otherwise, any items permitted with the Class A uniform are permitted for the Dress Blue.
Class A ASU
The following comprises the "Class A ASU:" blue coat and trousers, a short- or long-sleeve white shirt, and four-in-hand necktie.
Class B ASU
The following comprises the "Class B ASU:" blue trousers and a short- or long-sleeve white shirt. When wearing the long-sleeve shirt without a coat, the four-in-hand necktie must be worn.
The coat for the ASU is a single-breasted, peak-lapel, four-button coat which extends below the crotch. It should fit easily over the chest and shoulders, with a slight draped effect in the front and back. The waist should be slightly fitted to indicate the shape of the body, but shouldn't be tight or cause a flaring of the bottom of the coat.
Officers should wear shoulder straps and enlisted personnel should have shoulder loops. Ornamental braids are to be worn on both sleeves. Gold bullion, synthetic metallic gold, or gold-colored nylon or rayon braid is authorized for officers. Only the gold-colored nylon or rayon braid is allowed for enlisted personnel.
The trouser leg ornamentation depends on rank. General officers have two, half inch, two-vellum gold, synthetic metallic gold, or gold-colored nylon or rayon braids. Other officers have one 1 1/2 inch braid of the same material. Enlisted personnel's 1 1/2 inch braids are gold-colored nylon or rayon.
Any commercial white long-sleeved shirt with barrel or French cuffs and a standard turndown collar can be worn.
The primary headgear for the ASU is the beret. The service cap can also be worn and may be required at the commander's discretion.
When worn, the beret is positioned so that the headband goes straight across the forehead, parallel with the ground, about one inch above the eyebrows. The flash patch should be positioned over the left eye. Excess material is draped over the right ear and should extend to between the top and middle of the ear. Soldiers may not have hairstyles that distort the shape of the beret. Soldiers are to wear the black beret unless assigned to units or positions authorized to wear the tan, green, or maroon berets. Officers and warrant officers wear non-subdued grade insignia centered on the beret flash and enlisted personnel wear their distinctive unit insignia centered on the beret flash.