Much of the charm of the combat dress of the Indian army officers has been taken off, with the new guidelines which came into effect about two weeks ago.
The officers have been barred from wearing epaulets, ribbands and the colour of the stars, showing their ranks, too has been changed from white to black.
Army sources told Hindustan Times that a circular to this effect has been issued and the officers have been following the latest guidelines on the combat fatigue for the past two weeks.
What has changed is that the officers have been asked to shed their ribbands, which they used to wear on thee left side of their chest, indicating their decorations.
They also cannot wear their epaulets, which used to indicate their regiments.
Their name plates, a contrast of yellow over black, have now been changed to black over black.
Similar is the case with their stars which indicated their ranks.
Now those would be black over black ground, against white over black ground, which made it more visible .
This has taken charm out of the combat uniform, a senior officer conceded. But rules are rules, he said.
Earlier, only Gorkha Rifles and Rashtriya Rifles officers wore this kind of combat fatigue, now it is applicable to officers all across the country.
The combat dress is worn during the times of war, places where counter insurgency operation are undertaken and also during military exercises , whether of a local nature or at a large scale.
The idea behind this is to remove the flashy things, a senior officer of the Indian Army based in Jammu and Kashmir told HT.