The General Purpose Uniform (GPU) provides a unique and easily identifiable Air Force presence to the Australian Defence and civilian community, consistent with the Royal Australian Air Force’s distinctive identity and still effective in meeting service requirements.
The Air Force GPU is of the same cut and trim as the current DPCU worn by Air Force personnel. Only the colour and pattern will be different. Production and issue of the Air Force GPU will essentially replace production and issue of the Air Force DPCU for general purpose issue.
The Air Force GPU was officially launched by the Chief of Air Force at the Centenary of Military Aviation (CMA) Air Show at RAAF Williams – Point Cook on 1 March 2014.
The GPU will replace the current camouflage uniforms, also worn by Army, for general base duties and in non-warlike environments such as humanitarian tasks and Defence assistance to the civil community.
A comprehensive rollout program will begin from July 2014 onward as production is increased. Most members will have their first set of GPU by the end of 2015. Additional information on the rollout is available on the Air Force GPU intranet site and will be communicated to Air Force members separately.
Images of the GPU are available from on the Defence Force Image Gallery at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20140377
The GPU is to be worn for general purposes only and is not intended for camouflage. The blue and grey colours selected for GPU reflect Air Force colours. These colours are seen daily in our Service Dress uniforms, our Ensign, and in the airframes and airfields we use every day. It will provide Air Force with an appropriate work uniform which distinctly identifies Air Force members.
The pattern and colour combination were carefully selected from a number of options. The pattern is an Air Force specific version of the Australian MultiCam Pattern (AMP) already in-use in Afghanistan. The colours chosen for the GPU represent the same colours we work with every day: our SD uniform, our Ensign, and the airframes and airfields. GPU provides a unique identity that will stand Air Force personnel apart from Army and Navy, while maintaining Air Force's identity as part of the Australian Defence Force.
Introduction of the Air Force GPU will be cost neutral over the long term, due to uniform production changes, depletion of existing stocks, and reforms to standard equipment issue. Existing Air Force Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU) production will be reduced and replaced by production of the GPU.
The GPU will replace DPCU as 'dress of the day' for general base duties and in non-warlike operational environments, such as humanitarian assistance operations. The exception to this will be where other types of specialist working dress are provided for specific musterings or categories such as aircrew, cooks and Ground Defence personnel.
Service Dress remains the most appropriate form of dress in a number of circumstances, including all representational and ceremonial activities. Service Dress will continue to be the 'dress of the day' in Air Force Headquarters.
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