Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan can replace worn out Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) by going online and ordering replacement sets. Under a program called Army Direct Ordering, individual soldiers or unit supply clerks can order uniform items and get them shipped to APO addresses throughout the world.

“Units can enroll immediately and begin to use ADO after their first 30 days in theater,” Capt. Tonya Gilalrd, Theater Supply and Services Action Officer in Kuwait, said in an Army release.

“Instead of having to get on the road to the Central Issuing Facility, they get items delivered to their door.”

Orders are supposed to arrive between seven and 14 days of ordering. The process includes going online, ordering items and then having the order checked by a “unit validator,” who approves the order.

Among the items that can be replaced through the ADO program: rigger’s belt; hot weather boots; sports bra; utility cap; camouflage helmet cover; ACU jacket; ACU trousers; desert boots; drawers; elbow and knee pads; fleeces; boonie hat; cold weather liner; t-shirt; digitized name, rank and army tapes; colored flags.

While the program has only been around for a year, the Army reports that some 39,000 orders have been submitted by units downrange.

More information can be found online at: To enter the site, soldiers need to supply their AKO addresses and their unit name.

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