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Foxtrot Uniform

9:29 AM, Nov 28, 2007 • By JOHN NOONAN
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Crotch Crisis Cripples Army is the headline:

The Army is retrofitting 1 million uniforms to bolster pants that have been tearing during the rigors of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soldiers in Iraq began reporting "crotch durability problems" with their combat uniforms in July 2005, according to the Army. Jumping into Humvees, hopping from helicopters and scrambling after insurgents have popped inseams on the baggy pants.

Rougher terrain in Afghanistan prompted complaints this past August from soldiers who said their uniforms gave out quickly.

It could be worse. At least their uniforms don't glow in the dark after being washed with a certain brand of detergent.