Iron Sword is an annual, multinational defense exercise involving 11 NATO allies training to increase combined infantry capabilities and forge relationships.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kirstin Merrimarahajara
United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
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Wool has been a staple fabric for hard-wearing outdoor clothing for centuries. Although it went out of fashion for a while in recent decades, its been making a comeback in recent years. As one example, Prometheus Design Werx recently released their updated take on a classic Mountain Shirt design. The US Army is also currently experimenting with various special lightweight wool-blend fabrics for camouflage combat uniforms – yes, seriously, look here.
On the other hand, while fashions come and go, some classics never really go out of style. One of my favourite classic styles is the ‘Woolly Pully’ or ‘Commando’ sweater. Back in the ’80’s when I was in the Army, we had a black v-neck Woolly Pully that was authorized for wear with the Class B Dress Uniform. The USMC also had the classic crew-neck olive green Woolly Pully for their version of Class B’s (which is also still an authorized wear item too it seems). In the 82nd Abn. Division the crew-neck olive green Woolly Pully was quite popular as a mid-layer under our BDU tops in the winter as well.
While I was reading up on the US Army’s new affinity for wool and also checking out the Wilderness Utility Top from Prometheus Design Werx, I got thinking about those old Wooly Pully sweaters and how much I loved the ones I had back in the day. So I jumped on Google and went looking to see if they were still available anywhere…
USMC specification Woolly Pully sweaters in Olive Green and Navy Blue are available from ‘The Marine Shop’ at www.marineshop.net
Paratroopers from Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, perform a rush to cover during an assault at an urban training center Nov. 29, 2016, in Pabrade, Lithuania. The assault was part of Exercise Iron Sword 2016 in support of Atlantic Resolve. Iron Sword is an international training exercise featuring 11 NATO countries and about 4,000 troops.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos