By 1960, three types of uniforms were worn by Canadian soldiers in the field. Bush Dress was worn during the summer, Battledress was worn in the winter, and black coveralls were worn by many units on exercises as a substitute for Bush or to save Battledress from undue wear. Both Bush and Battledress were also worn as a garrison or everyday uniform. What the Canadian military needed was an all seasonal uniform specifically intended for field wear.
This new pattern of field uniform was trailed in the early 1960s and was adopted for service in 1963. The "Uniform, Combat General Service" (known to soldiers as "Combat" or "Combats") consisted of a cap, coat, shirt-coat, V neck sweater, two patterns of trousers, and Boots. Developed in conjunction with the 1964 Pattern web equipment, Combat was very successful and by the late 1960s had replaced most regular army operational uniforms. It was also worn by the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy in very limited numbers before unification. Post unification it was standard for all three services, but remained primarily an army uniform.
Beginning in 1999, the OG combat was replaced by the CADPAT combat uniform, which itself is currently being replaced by the Improved Combat Uniform (ICU).
(Part sourced from camopedia).
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