Intended for use during "battles", as opposed to "garrison" dress uniforms, the Battle Dress Uniform was used by the U.S. Armed Forces as their standard uniform for warfare situations from the early 1980s to the mid-2000s. Reminiscent of the Vietnam-era jungle fatigues, the BDU shirt and combat trousers first appeared in September 1981 in now classic Woodland camouflage pattern, and soon replaced all earlier camouflage pattern uniforms for all wooded, jungle and tropical environments. Although since then it has been replaced in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, the BDU shirts and trousers remain popular thanks to their construction and features, and are still used by some U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies or Special Forces teams, as well as in other countries worldwide. Available at the UK based Military 1st online store is a wide range of BDU shirts and cargo trousers in a variety of colours and camo patterns, such as woodland camouflage, MultiCam and Desert camo, from a number of manufacturers including Helikon.
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