The black, open-faced buckle is used on the rigger belt, a clothing-bag issue item worn with all utility uniforms that feature belt loops. When worn properly, the tipped end of the rigger belt will pass through the black buckle to the wearer’s left, but the end must not extended further than 2 inches past the edge of the buckle. Personnel are allowed to trim the end of the belt to make sure it conforms to these regulations.

Currently, rigger belts are sand or tan 499, but the sand rigger is being phased out along with the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP). As a result, sand rigger belts are authorized for wear with Army Airman Combat Uniforms (A2CUs) and Fire Resistant Environmental Ensembles (FREEs) made in the UCP, OEF-CP (Operation Enduring Freedom-Camouflage Pattern) and OCP (Operational Camouflage Pattern) up until 30 September 2019. Note that the tan 499 rigger belt is not authorized for wear with the UCP A2CU.

Prior to uniform regulations introduced in the 2017 edition of DA 670-1, this belt buckle was used on the black web belt that was part of the male and female Food Service Uniforms. The Food Service Uniforms were replaced by the Garrison Culinary Uniforms featuring a brass buckle and brass-tipped belt.

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