United States Airforce- ABU uniform- Basic

The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) is a U.S. camouflage combat uniform; it is a service-distinctive uniform as it is primarily used by the United States Air Force, its civilian auxiliary, and some civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD). It replaced the Battle Dress Uniform and Desert Camouflage Uniform on 1 November 2011 after a four-year phase-in period.

On 14 May 2018, The U.S. Air Force announced that all airmen will transition from the Airman Battle Uniform to the OCP (Operational Combat Pattern)Uniform. All airmen will be permitted to wear the OCP Uniform beginning on 1 October 2018, and the wear out date for the ABU is 1 April 2021.


This is the current Combat uniform worn by the United States Airforce. Is is known as ABU. This is the basic uniform for hire. The uniform consists of the following.

ABU “Tiger Stripe” Camouflage tunic and trousers- US Tan coloured T-shirt- Desert Combat Boots- Black or Sand trouser belt- Patrol Cap- any rank badges required. This illustration shows an Airman First Class who wears a Communicators Qualification Badge.