The Army white evening mess uniform comprises the Army white jacket, black high-waisted trousers, white formal dress shirt with a wing collar, white vest, and white bow tie. The Army Physical Fitness Uniform, manufactured by UNICOR, was adopted in 2013 following an army-wide, online vote from among six options developed following a survey of soldiers. Army Herald Trumpets wear a parade uniform designed by the U. Army Institute of Heraldry and introduced in 1969 for the inauguration of Richard Nixon.
The uniform is modular, with individual pieces that can be combined or eliminated depending on physical training conditions. The uniform blouse has a choker-style collar, instead of the open collar used on the Army Service Uniform, and eight buttons, representing the eight notes of the musical scale.
This is generally worn as the military equivalent of white tie or black tie.
This uniform will function as both a garrison uniform (when worn with a white shirt and necktie) and a dress uniform (when worn with a white shirt and a bow tie for "after six" or "black tie" events).
Mess dress is the military term for the formal evening dress worn in the mess or at other formal occasions.
The trouser leg ornamentation consists of an ornamental braid worn on the outside seam of the trouser leg, from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom of the trouser leg.
General officers wear pants of the same color as the jacket, with two ½–inch, gold-colored braids, spaced ½ inch apart.
Shoes with profane or vulgar logos, as well as "toe shoes" (such as the Vibram Five Fingers running shoe), are prohibited, however. SCUs, which include guards units and bands, are authorized to wear distinctive uniforms - in lieu of the Army Service Uniform - for public duties, including state arrivals, tattoos, official funerals, change-of-command and retirement ceremonies, and the presidential inaugural parade. Most of these units wear the Army Service Uniform for public duties, however, certain units – primarily located in the National Capital Region – have unit-specific uniforms that are used for special occasions. The 3rd Infantry Regiment Fife and Drum Corps wear red, open-front regimental coats, white coveralls, and black tri-corner hats. From 1875-1890 the band wore pickelhaube instead of shakos.