New Chief of Army staff cancels Buratai’s directive, gives army new dress code

The new Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, has issued fresh directive prescribing a new dress code for officers and men of the Nigerian Army.

It was gathered that this was contained in a signal to all Army units and formations across Nigeria.

According to military sources, the new directive is part of the restructuring being undertaken by the new army leadership.

Premium Times reports that from next week all officers and soldiers are expected to dress in their plain green jacket on Mondays and Fridays – popularly known as “number four dress” in the army.

The number four dress is like a short-sleeved suit, popularly known as safari. It has four buttons and four pockets and is usually worn with a peak cap.

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The new directive further stated that on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, all officers and soldiers are to dress in the plain green uniform which requires them to tuck in – known as “number five dress.”

The number five dress is a short-sleeved dress worn with a beret and can be worn with a combat boot or bate shoe.

The materials for number four and five dresses are all the same with their styles being the only difference.

The directive further stated that the dress for various operations still remain the woodland and desert camo depending on the region of Operation. It is known as the number six dress.

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Sources clarified that the mode of dressing contained in Attahiru’s directive was what obtained before the coming of the immediate past Army Chief, Tukur Buratai.

“Buratai gave a new directive while he was in power that number four uniform be used only for seminars and number five for office,” the source said.

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