Video History of US Army Uniforms

While not capturing every uniform that the United States has fielded, Business Insider has an excellent video showcasing the major uniforms of the US Army in less than two minutes. Its a fascinating watch, especially for gear-do’s like myself.

In that respect, its amazing to see how quickly and simultaneously slowly the uniform, weapon, and more specifically, the gear changes over time. It takes nearly a hundred years to go from a simple belt to the MOLLE we field today (and amazingly, we are going back to belts albeit in MOLLE form).

In case the video does not display correctly below, hit the link here to watch it!

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • SpazC

    Saw this the other day, Wish they had zoomed out to get the pants and footwear as well. Its pretty funny how slowly the footwear changed over the years considering soldiers are on their feet for most of their duties. Hard soles and smooth leather reigned supreme for the longest time.

  • Vitsaus

    I thought the Korean war uniforms were largely the same as WWII. Most of the pictures I’ve seen have most equipment the same as the previous conflict.

  • Heretical Politik

    I think they missed a few.

    • Joe

      I wanted to see the Spanish-American War uniform, which to my eye looks suspiciously similar to Coyote Tan or Tan 499.

      So for subdued uniforms since 1898 we have dark khaki, then light khaki (WWI), then olive drab (WWII), then green (Korea/Vietnam), then woodland (late Cold War), then 6 color desert (Gulf War), then 3 color desert (Gulf War-OIF), then 3 color pixelated gray (OIF-present), and now mottled dark khaki (OEF-present).

  • USMC03Vet

    Guy looks like a soup sandwich in those uniforms.

    • DAN V.

      Missing kevlar bands bugged me.

  • smartacus

    They left out Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  • Phil Hsueh

    I’ve seen that video before, they got the wrong vest for Operation Just Cause, they should habe been using the PASGT vest not that Ranger(?) vest.

    • mig1nc

      I was going to say the same as well. That’s an Interceptor vest. Totally wrong. Also, disappointed they didn’t show Andrew Jackson’s grey coats for the War of 1812. And I agree with others who say they skipped too many. Spanish-American war would have been good.

    • Evan

      It was an Interceptor, which would have been correct for like 2003-2006. He also had on the wrong camouflage scheme for Desert Storm. It should have been chocolate chip, not the later three color.

  • kbroughton77

    Definitely skipped a few, and I would have liked to see the standard issue weapons for each period, but still a very cool video

  • James

    Cool concept. Didn’t seem that well executed. The Korean war equipment was wrong, I know that for sure. It might have been right for Vietnam, idk. The WW2 uniform also just didn’t sit quite right with me, the helmet looked off and so did the uniform. Oh well.

  • Joshua

    pretty sure this is the second time in about three months this has run on TFB

  • Evan

    For Operation Just Cause he was wearing an Interceptor vest instead of the correct PAGST flak jacket. And for Desert Storm, he was wearing the three-color desert camouflage instead of the “chocolate chip” pattern that they actually wore. And I’m no expert on Revolutionary War uniforms, but didn’t they have red in them as well?