Army Combat Uniforms: Beware of Knockoffs Army officials are warning Soldiers against buying imitation Army Combat Uniforms in lieu of waiting for Army-approved ACUs to arrive in stores. AAFES military clothing sales stores are scheduled to get ACUs in April 2006. Unauthorized uniforms typically do not meet the Army's specifications in various ways, such as appearance, usability and durability. To tell if an ACU is authorized, Soldiers should look for two tags sewn into the uniform. One tag near the collar is printed with the size and the second tag located elsewhere on the uniform gives the government contract number identifying what company made the uniform, and care instructions. Commanders will conduct periodic inspections to ensure that all personnel under their command wear only uniforms and heraldic items produced by certified manufacturers and that they meet specifications for design and quality, in accordance with AR 670-01.