SHAH ALAM: Back in February, Malaysian Defence wrote about the digital combat boots issued by the Army. A total of 1111 digital combat boots were solicited in a quotation notice in July 2022. According to the notice the combat boots should be in digital camo; made of microfibre PU and comes in standard sizes. It must also be comfortable and durable; anti-slip and safe; fast drying, light and flexible.
The notice was awarded to PNA Holdings Sdn Bhd with a contract of RM499,950. Initially only flag officers were spotted wearing the digital combat boots earlier this year. However, it appeared that the lower ranking officers from Lt Colonels and majors notably from the 10th Para Brigade have been issued with the digital combat boots as well (see picture below).
This was evident during the honourary beret and jump wings ceremony for Army chief General Hafizuddeain Jantan at the Terendak camp in Malacca on October 21. The digital combat boots however were not issued to the regimental sergeant majors of the brigade though as seen from the picture below.
Other paratroopers pictured at the ceremony either on static or dynamic presentations were mostly wearing black boots. It is hard to determine whether they were wearing the Haix paratrooper boots. As this is likely an Army event, the paratroopers are wearing the standard issued digital or black boots only.
Anyhow, it appears that the Army has approved the wearing of specialist or staff college badges when wearing No 3 and No 5 uniforms.
This practise has been the norm for RMN and RMAF personnel for some time but as both the current and former Army leadership are using them on their uniforms, it is likely that it has been codified by the service.
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