|HHS authorizes NDMS to set uniform policy for DMAT teams. Hence, NDMS
regulation prescribes how you wear the HHS uniform. You must wear a
uniform at all official DMAT TX-4 functions, the team commander will
advise the uniform of the day or other special requirements.
NDMS requires a clean, neatly pressed, Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) shirt and pants, belt, hat, and black, leather, polishable boots. Texas-4 DMAT has three (3) classes of uniforms.
CLASS 1 - Blue BUD pant and shirt, black boots and belt. (gray team tee-shirt)
CLASS 2 - Blue BDU pant and gray Polo shirt, black boots, belt and ball cap.
CLASS 3 - Blue BDU or navy scrub pant and gray scrub top. (used in the clinic setting)
We highly recommend that you purchase at
least three (3) sets of uniforms. When in the field, this lets you wear
one uniform, have one in reserve (in case you contaminate the one you
are wearing), and one available to be washed. We recommend five sets of
uniforms for extended operations where laundry services are unlikely.
The BDU shirt is made of blue, rip-stop cotton, "summer weight" (also known as "lightweight") material. You wear a white or gray tee-shirt tucked into the BDU pants, and wear the BDU shirt over the tee-shirt. Don't tuck the BDU shirt into your pants. The BDU shirt has specific patch and identification requirements:
Name Tapes -- A blue cloth name tape with your last name sewn directly above and centered on the right breast pocket, and similar name tape stating "______" sewn on the left breast pocket. The blue tapes are 1-inch high with white, all capital letters. Sew them such that they extend the full width of the pocket, with the bottom edge of the tape just touching the top of the pocket seam.
Flag Patch -- A "reverse" 2x3-inch colored American flag on the right sleeve approximately 1/2-inch below the seam at the top of the shoulder. Order the "reverse" flag, not the "subdued" flag.
Team Patch -- A team patch sewn on the left sleeve approximately 1/2-inch below the seam at the top of the shoulder. You order this patch from the Administrative Officer.
Note: you cannot wear any patches, identification or pins on your uniform other than those specified above.
The BDU pants are made of the same material as the BDU shirt. You may sew a name tape (last name, as specified above) above the right rear pocket. This name tape is optional but recommended. You wear the pants "bloused" (tucked) into the top of the boots and held in place by blousing bands or tie cords. Your pant legs cannot be down around the boot.
The black or navy web belt has an "open face" brass buckle and is the uniform belt. Note: this is a uniform belt; don't confuse it with the web belt part of the Load Bearing Gear. Many members wear "Last Resort" type rescue belts.
Boots must be black leather with good ankle support and a polishable surface (with all scuffs and scrapes touched up). We recommend military, police or fire department boots with steel toe and shank. We also recommend that you wear two pairs of socks; one light weight (like Thinsulate) and one medium weight (like wool). This reduces the incidence of hot spots and blisters.
The hat is a navy baseball cap. You wear it whenever you are outside. When in the field, you can wear a full-brimmed, navy "boonie" hat instead of the baseball cap. This type of hat provides better sun protection, but is not a replacement for the required baseball-style cap (the regulation uniform hat).
In cold weather deployments, you can wear a black or navy ski cap or balaclava instead of a hat. You can also wear a warm shirt and pants (wool or fleece) over your uniform, providing they are navy. (They can be any color if worn underneath the uniform.)
The only other outer clothing you can wear with your uniform is a yellow or navy blue rain suit or poncho. We recommend a rain suit, (a cheap one) because working with patients is often difficult when wearing a poncho.
*ALL PERSONAL GEAR needs to have your name on it!
Updated 12 August 2005