Getting It Right: U.S. Military – Combat Uniforms

Last month we covered personnel, customs & courtesies, and some drill. If you missed out on that post, you can find it here. This month we’re going to cover combat uniforms. There’s probably nothing more annoying (from a prior service standpoint) than reading a book where the author has obviously not taken the time to research the various uniforms the U.S. military has employed. Over the years, combat uniforms have changed. And the services have a multitude of clothing to suit just about every environment.

OD FatiguesSo, let’s say you’re interested in writing a Vietnam-era war novel. You know, something along the lines of Forrest Gump or Platoon. Most of your character’s time will be spent in the bush. So what did they wear during combat? Combat forces (all branches) were outfitted in what was called “fatigues.” They were simple OD (olive drab) uniforms that were intended to resemble foliage found in most temperate regions of the world. Soldiers would enhance their uniforms with dirt, soot, dust, mud, and sticks of foliage stuck here and there to help break up their outlines. These are the predecessors to what became BDUs (Battle Dress Uniforms). The OD duds were used in 3 wars until the BDUs replaced them. Continue reading “Getting It Right: U.S. Military – Combat Uniforms”

Get Your Flash Fiction Votes In!

CalendarIt’s Wednesday already. That can only mean it’s time once again to make your choice for the flash fiction challenge.

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Whose flash fiction entry was your favorite this week?

  • Melissa Bowersock (34%, 14 Votes)
  • Lois Nelsen Lewandowski (24%, 10 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (20%, 8 Votes)
  • Kenny (12%, 5 Votes)
  • eldorado90 (7%, 3 Votes)
  • MatoSkaCikala (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Steve Vernon (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Venkatesh Iyer (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

New May Releases

Nice weather is finally here. Enjoy the outside with a nice refreshing beverage and a new book.

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THE PROFITEER by Evan Asher. A small town and its residents are turned upside-down in this romance with a touch of spice!

The Profiteer is available through, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

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A family-friendly fest of forgotten knowledge for all ages! Every aspect of pop culture is here: 600 questions & answers = Hours of fun!

Five Star Trivia Quiz Book is available on  and Amazon UK.

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Legendary criminal and mummy thief Kyzer Saucy strikes again. Can tomb raider Wendy Darlin stop this evil genius before he kills again?

Miami Mummies is available from, Kobo, and Amazon UK.

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In a world crawling with vampires, Liana is ordered to bring one to the safest place left on earth, Romania. – The Impaler Legacy Omnibus

The Impaler Legacy is available at, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

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There are some startling facts behind back pain mythology. Which treatments work? Which don’t, and why? The answers will surprise you.

The Back Pain Conspiracy is available through, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.