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Hot/Temperate Weather ACB/MCCB Tan Combat Boots
With the introduction of the digital camouflage uniforms (the ABU and MCCUU) in the U.S. military in the 2000s, there was also a changeover to tan rough texture combat boots. Following the design of the successful black leather Infantry Combat Boot and the black Jungle Boot as well as earlier versions of the Tan Desert Boot, updated boots were delivered to Soldiers and Marines in light colors compatible with the new uniforms, starting with the USMC in 2002.
Army & Marine Hot/Temperate Weather Tan Combat Boots
There are four boots in this catgegory, an Army and USMC version each with one model for Hot Weather and one for Temperate Weather, very similar designs separately procured by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Viewed from the outside, the hot weather boot is distinguished by air circulation/drain holes at the arch. The Marine Corps boots have the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) embossed on the outer side, near the heel. The boots are 8-10 inches tall depending on model and size.
The boots all share these features:
The temperate weather boot contains a GORE-TEX® waterproof-breathable membrane package with durable wicking fabric inner lining. The temperate weather boot contains integrated flame and conductive heat resistance features and is therefore currently (2010) authorized for US Army flight and Combat Vehicle Crewman use. The temperate weather boot is acceptable for wear until the temperature drops below 32° F.
The hot weather boot has drainage eyelets for water removal and air circulation, with a finer screen to block sand while still being able to eliminate water. It has a padded comfort collar but does not have the GORE-TEX lining. The hot weather boots should not be worn by personnel exposed to the cold for more than a short period of time.
Nomenclature and Stock Numbers Army & Marine Hot/Temperate Weather Tan Combat Boots
The ACB has been procured by the U.S. Army from Belleville, Altama, McRae, Rocky, Wellco, Wolverine and others. Bates and Belleville brands of the MCCB boots are provided to Marines through USMC supply channels. Both the Army and Marine Corps have authorized other producers to make the ACB and MCCB available for direct sale or through commercial channels. The Marine Corps authorized boot (with USMC EGA embossed) is more tightly controlled, for sale only to Marines.
Private Purchase Tan Combat Boots
It has been a common practice for individuals to purchase non-issue combat boots, a practice that is tolerated so long as the purchased boots meet current military standards for both performance and appearance. Individuals may own multiple pairs, for example to wear issue boots to inspection, but purchase a more comfortable or supportive boot for daily use, owning several sets to meet different needs. Therefore, at any given time the boots worn by a Soldier or Marine might not be any of the standardized boots.
Boots may have an official National Stock Number assigned, but nonetheless have never been actually procured and issued through supply channels. Such boots meet military standards and may be officially procured at some time.
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