The 3 September 2012 issue of Navy Times reported that “Blueberries” may be on their way out. The pixilated blue battle-dress uniform has no sooner been adopted than it is under consideration to be deep-sixed. From the outset, someone’s understanding of camouflage was flawed. The uniform is ideal if the wearer wishes to remain unseen in his dentist’s aquarium but ill-suited for wear afloat, on the waterfront, on a beach, or within and about the confines of a naval establishment. The Blueberries are perfect for concealment in the water, but only a small part of the Navy swims in the course of its duties; most service members work on the surface, below the surface, or fly over the surface of the sea.
In recent years, military and naval uniforms have been designed to achieve the following purposes:
1. To make their wearers uniform in appearance to the members of their own military organization and provide symbolic indications of the wearer’s status, experience, and organization.
2. To provide a form of identification and authentication to the public.
3. To provide individuals with clothing suitable for their duties.