Thursday, June 2, 2011

Uniforms Fit like a Glove

Howdy everybody! This is Diana. I'm here to talk about UNIFORMS!



Phil, Christina, Hillary and Diana model their uniforms (above)

I figure a couple of you out there are thinking “Uniforms? I want to know the exciting and interesting bits about AmeriCorps.” Truth is, one of the things I most anticipated when I got accepted was the uniform. I've never had to wear one, other than in high school choir and during a summer job, so I don't see it as a chore, but as something more exciting.

To me a uniform is tangible evidence that I have somewhere to belong. It shows that I am a part of something larger then myself, that this organization is proud to have me be a part of it and wants people to know that I'm representing them. The clothing is well made, and shows me that AmeriCorps NCCC cares that I'm protected in any situations they can foresee me getting into.

Greg posing on his throne wearing coveralls (above)

Here's a quick rundown of what we get, the majority of which we get to keep when we finish serving.
· 2 pairs of Khaki BDU slacks 1 pair of black BDU slacks
· 2 pairs of Khaki BDU shorts 2 gray long sleeve shirts
· 4 gray short sleeve shirts 1 gray sweatshirt
· 1 white polo 1 gray rugby
· 1 black adjustable belt 1 black fleece vest
· 1 gator 1 black beanie
· 1 tan fisherman's cap 1 pair steel-toed boots
· 1 pair of leather work gloves 1 reflector belt
· 1 set of safety goggles 1 set of earplugs
· The things we are issued, and have to return at the end of our term are:
· 1 winter coat 1 set of coveralls
· 1 hardhat 1 red pack for traveling
· A couple things we can get if we need them are things like rain gear and rain boots. We're issued PPE, which stands for Personal Protective Equipment that includes things like gloves, safety goggles, our helmet, earplugs, a reflector belt, and our steel-toed boots.

On a normal work day I wear one of the t-shirts and a pair of khaki pants or shorts, along with my black belt and steel-toed boots. This is our basic work uniform, which we wear everyday at work.

We also have something we call the AmeriTux which consists of the black BDUs, white polo, belt and steel-toed boots. We wear it to debriefings and special occasions, like during our Induction. I think our AmeriTux will be the last AmeriCorps NCCC uniform we'll wear, during graduation. It'll be an adventure getting there, that's for sure.

~Diana

30 comments:

  1. LOL. It is nice to see someone say something positive about the uniforms! I will say it was nice not having to pick out clothes to wear for about a year when I was serving. :) Good luck with your adventure. It will be a time you will never forget. I did it 8 years ago and have made some lifetime friends from all over the country.

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  2. If I get accepted, I know I'll love the uniform. It's nice knowing what you'll be wearing and knowing that everyone else is wearing the same thing! It creates a sort of unity, in my opinion. Oh I hope I get accepted!! :\

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  3. 10 years later and I still have the hoodie. It's like an old friend. Most underrated: the vest.

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  4. Just wait for the panic attack a few weeks after the service is over when you realize you have an entire wardrobe to select from instead of "which dirty grey shirt?" I wore my uniform for a full week at one point because I didn't like the overload of choice haha.

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  5. I'm waitlisted and have a question. I'm vegan and don't wear leather for moral reasons. Are there alternatives to those leather work gloves? And do the boots have leather?

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    1. im not sure there is an alternative the only one would be is to buy your own

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  6. Curious if uniforms come in sizes for people that are 4'11" and slim, to see if I should bring a needle and thread to hem?

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    1. I have a BIG problem with you calling them BDU's that means Battle Dress Uniforms.
      Are you going to war?
      I think we should just call them cargo pants.
      NO WAR !

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