This is a Type I BDU coat that was used in the US Military till around 1995. This is the first pattern of BDU coat adopted in the new woodland camo. It has four front pockets with button closures and a button up front. The sleeve cuffs are adjustable and it has a large “Elvis Style” collar. This first pattern of coat was used till the adoption of the Type IV coats in 1995 and is commonly referred to as the “Temperate Weather” coat after the adoption of the Type II coats. After combat operations in Grenada the coats went through some changes and would be issued along side the Type II/III coats till they were both replaced.
Note on Defective. There will be unit, rank and name tape patches or noticeable areas of different fading from when they were removed. All coats are in usable condition, but may need some small repairs.
- USGI Type I BDU Coat – Issued from 1981 to around 1995. This is the first pattern of the BDU top used in the US Military. Distinguishing features of the Type I uniform is the wide “Elvis Collar”, low profile sleeve cuffs and adjustment tabs. The coats are button up with a flap to protect the buttons. Type I tops have the standard four front pouch type pockets. The outside edge of the top pockets are sewn flat with the inside and bottom edges bellowed. The bottom pockets have bellowed edges on both sides and bottom. The Type I uniforms were made with a 50% Nylon, 50% Cotton (NYCO) twill fabric. After combat operations in Grenada, the Type I would undergo some changes to accommodate for hot weather use. After adoption of the Type III the Type I would commonly be referred to as the “Temperate Weather” uniform. Service life expectancy of the Type I uniform was typically around two years.
- Woodland Camo Pattern – Created and issued from 1981 onwards. Based on the ERDL camo patterns used throughout the Vietnam War and afterwards, specifically the 2nd pattern ERDL, RDF ERDL. The biggest change over earlier ERDL patterns was the enlargement of the patterns and shapes found in ERDL. The colors were also the same with light green, dark green and brown being used. Black would be used in twig shapes across the base colors. Woodland Camo is commonly referred to just as BDU or M81. M81 is an unofficial name for Woodland Camo that comes from its adoption date, 1981. It was used across the US Military till individual service branches replaced it with modern camo patterns.
- Various Government Contractors – This item is manufactured for the US government by various contractors.
Country of Manufacture: USA – This product is manufactured in the USA.
Issue Type: USGI – These are genuine US government issued items made to military specification (mil-spec).