a. The following are the components of the ECWCS.
(1) Parka, cold-weather, camouflage.
(a) The parka fabric is a triple-layer, laminated, waterproof, windproof, and moisture-vapor permeable nylon
material. The garment repels water, but it is sufficiently porous to prevent moisture buildup from perspiration. The parka has a hood with an attachment piece that allows fastening of the fur ruff; inside map pockets that can be opened without unzipping the parka; two large lower cargo pockets, and a two-way, full-front slide fastener to provide full-face protection, leaving only the eyes uncovered. The parka is woodland camouflage and fully lined with a windskirt. There are elastic drawcords with barrel locks at the waist, and a woven nylon tape drawcord with barrel locks at the hood. Nylon hook-and-pile fastener tapes are located at the wrist tabs to allow for adjustment along the full-front closure on the overlay of the slide fastener, on the windskirt, and on the lower front pockets. The parka is authorized for wear as an organizational issue item.
(b) Soldiers will wear insignia of rank and the nametape on the parka. The insignia of rank is centered on the tab located in the center of the chest. Soldiers may wear either pin-on or embroidered slip-on cloth loop insignia of rank. The nametape is worn on the pocket flap of the left sleeve of the parka (see para 28â24b(2)(b)).
(2) Trousers, cold-weather, camouflage. The trousers are made from a triple-layer, laminated, waterproof, windproof, and moisture-vapor permeable nylon material that repels water, but the material is sufficiently porous to prevent moisture buildup from perspiration. The trousers have seat and knee patches, pass-through pockets, and zippered leg openings to allow easy donning and doffing without removing the footwear. Nylon hook-and-pile fastener tapes are located at the ankle tabs to allow for adjustment. The fly has a slide-fastener closure. Nylon tape suspender loops are located at the waist.
(3) Trousers, cold-weather, field, nylon and cotton. The trousers are made from a wind-resistant nylon and cotton fabric. Characteristics of the trousers are side-hanging pockets, hip pockets, cargo pockets, drawcords at the trousers bottoms, and adjustable waist straps. The trousers are worn over the liners as a durable, insulating layer when the cold- weather trouser is not needed.
(4) Liner, cold-weather parka. The coat liner is an olive-green undergarment of polyester-covered batting, covered with three plies of ripstop nylon cloth. The liner serves as an insulating layer for the upper body, and it may be worn independently of the parka.
(5) Liner, cold-weather trousers, field. The trouser liner is an olive-green undergarment of polyester-covered batting, covered with two plies of ripstop nylon cloth. The liner serves as the insulating layer for the lower body, and it may be worn independently of the cold-weather trousers.
(6) Shirt, cold weather, fleece. The shirt is made from a knitted polyester fiber pile. It has reinforced shoulder and elbow patches, a convertible turtleneck collar, front zipper, elastic drawcord waist, hook-and-pile cuff tabs, two chest cargo-style pockets, and two lower hand-warmer pockets. The shirt is the primary insulating layer for the upper body.
(7) Overalls, cold weather, fleece. The overalls are made from a knitted polyester fiber pile. They have elastic suspenders with quick release buckles, and full-length, side-seam slide fasteners. The overalls are worn as an additional layer when temperatures are -25 degrees to -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
(8) Undershirt, cold weather, polypropylene. The material used for the undershirt is a knitted, brushed, multi- filament polypropylene. It has a center-front zipper that extends to the middle of the chest area, allowing for ventilation of the neck and chest areas. The undershirt layer next to the skin acts as a moisture-wicking layer, serving to draw moisture away from the skin and transferring it to the outer layers of the system.
(9) Drawers, cold weather, polypropylene. The material used for the drawers is a knitted, brushed, multi-filament polypropylene. The drawers serve as the base layer for the lower extremities.
(10) Parka, snow camouflage, white. The parka is made from a lightweight, white nylon filament, water-repellant treated cloth. The parka has a snap-fastener front closure, storage pouch, elastic wrists, and drawcords at the waist, hood, and bottom. The parka is used as a camouflage outer layer in snow terrain, but it is not a substitute for the camouflage cold-weather parka.
(11) Trousers, snow camouflage, white. The trousers are made from a lightweight, white nylon filament, water- repellant, treated cloth. The trousers have front pass-through pockets, cargo pockets with flaps, suspender loops, inside button tabs for attaching a button-in liner, slide fastener openings on legs, a waist drawcord, storage pouch, and elastic cord leg bottoms. The trousers are used as a camouflage outer layer in snow terrain, but they are not a substitute for the camouflage cold-weather trouser, or for the field cold-weather trouser made from nylon and cotton.
(12) Hood, balaclava, cold weather. The hood is constructed of two plies of a black, knitted wool blend with a nylon wind-barrier interlining. The design is a pull-over-the-head style with an adjustable face opening.
(13) Ruff, parka, extended cold weather. The ruff is made from the same triple layer, laminated, waterproof, windproof, and moisture-vapor permeable nylon as the parka and trousers. One side of the ruff incorporates the synthetic fur, with hook-and-pile fasteners and snap fasteners on the opposite side. The fasteners allow attachment of the ruff to the camouflage cold-weather parka.
b. Accessories. The following accessories are normally worn with the ECWCS: (1) Boots, combat, leather, black (para 27â3).
(2) Chaplainâs apparel (para 27â7).
(3) Gloves, black leather shell with inserts (para 27â12a).
(4) Military Police accessories (para 27â16). (5) Neckgaiter (para 27â17).
(6) Socks, black, cushion sole (para 27â24a). (7) Undergarments (para 27â28).
(8) Organizational clothing and equipment, as determined by the commander in accordance with CTA 50â900. c. Accouterments. The following insignia will be worn on the ECWCS (Gortex) parka.
(1) Grade insignia (paras 28â5, 28â6, and 28â7).
(2) Name-distinguishing tape (para 28â24b).
d. Commanders may authorize the use of a camouflage personal hydration system only in the following situations:
in a field environment, in high-heat areas, or on work details. Soldiers will not carry hydration systems in a garrison environment, unless the commander has authorized it for one of the situations described above. Soldiers will not let the drinking tube hang from their mouths when the device is not in use.
a. The following are the components of the ECWCS.