This is a Type III BDU coat that was used in the US Military till around 1995. This pattern was adopted as a result of issues found with the Type I in hot weather environments and was issued as the hot weather coat. The coat follows the same basic layout as the Type I with four front pockets and a buttoned front. The material was changed to 100% Cotton Ripstop. The collar was shortened, sorry Elvis, and adjustment tabs were added to the waist. The adjustment tabs were added to allow the wearer to adjust the fit since the hot weather uniforms are looser in fit. These would be issued along side the Type I coats, with troops being issued two sets of each type. The uniform would be replaced with the Type IV coat in 1995 and phased out. Service life of the Type III coat was shorter than the Type I due to the materials used.
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 III BDU Coat, Hot Weather Uniform – The Type III coat was issued from 1986-1995 and came about as a result of modifications needed to the Type 1. Major reasons for the update to the Type III was the overall weight of the Type I uniforms fabric and its performance in hot weather environments. During US operations in Grenada in the 80’s troops found the 50/50 NYCO Twill to be too thick and overheating was a common problem. With that information, changes were made to the uniforms that would make them more similar to the previously used Tropical Environment uniform tops and the similarly cut RDF ERDL used in the late 70’s to early 80’s. Changes would be the switch to a 100% Cotton Ripstop fabric. This fabric was overall lighter weight and dried quicker than the 50/50 NYCO Twill. The 100% Cotton Ripstop was also more wind resistant, though the twill fabric used before was warmer overall. The pockets were left in the same layout, with now the inside edge of the chest pockets being sewn flat as opposed to the outside edge on the Type I’s. The collar was shortened, and the overall cut of the uniform was looser for better wear in hot weather. At the waist, adjustment tabs were added to take some of the excess out if needed due to the looser cut. Because of the 100% cotton material the Type III uniforms faded much quicker and under harsh use tended to wear out faster.
Due to manufacturers having an excess of the 50/50 NYCO Twill material used in the Type I Uniforms, there are Type III pattern coats made with the 50/50 NYCO material. Those can be considered to be Type 1* patterns, similar to how there are Type IV* coats. The Type IV* coats are made in the Type IV pattern but use Type III material for the same reason as the Type 1*. Type 1* coats are not officially marked as such and should be more considered transitionary uniforms as Type III coats became standard.
- 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).