Army Just Unveiled The Most Badass Uniforms Ever Honoring The 82nd Airborne Division For The Army-Navy Game
This Saturday when the Army Black Knights take on the Navy Midshipmen for the 117th time they are going to look like the most badass football players since The Mean Machine hit the field in The Longest Yard.
From Army’s web site…
Army West Point Football and official apparel sponsor Nike unveil the 2016 Army-Navy Game uniform. This uniform was inspired by the World War II paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. We honor the past by re-telling stories of valor, courage, and sacrifice. Inspired, humbled, and motivated by the soldiers that came before us, we don their patches, adopt their mottos, and hold their deeds close to our hearts.
Received the nickname of the ‘All-Americans’ during World War I due to drawing members from every state. As an airborne division during World War II, the 82nd drew some of the best men, whether they enlisted or were drafted into the Army, to volunteer for the hazardous duty of parachuting or riding a glider into combat.
The uniform design pays homage to authentic WWII era paratrooper jump suits with division patch, oversized 48-star American flag patch, player name tapes, full-color historical unit patches and an improvised camo base layer. Additionally, initial members of the 82nd Airborne Division came from all 48 states which informed their “All American” nickname and iconic “AA” shoulder patch.
The black and muted gray tones express the fact that some of the most treacherous combat jumps happened at night, under the cover of darkness. The helmet design highlights the netting and hand-painted camouflage shapes that help disrupt the form, along with showcasing an array of authentic, era-specific tactical symbols. Army West Point branding completes the Long Gray Line that connects the current Corps of Cadets to their brothers in arms.
These uniforms are truly amazing for so many reasons. They should wear them every damn game…