BLACK BELT TIP

A thorough reading of the most recent release of Department of the Army Pamphlet 670-1 (25 May 2017) reveals no mention of the black belt tip or black tip belt. This is in contrast to both the 2014 and 2015 editions of the manual, which list the black tip belt as a clothing bag issue item that is to be worn with the black, open-faced buckle on all utility uniforms (except Combat) that have belt loops. In the 2017 edition, the black tip belt is not included at all in section 18-2, “Belts and buckles.”

The discrepancy is presumably related to other uniform changes which the Army introduced on a fairly large scale with the 2017 edition of DA 670-1, but did not document in a very detailed manner. For example, Hospital Duty Uniforms were removed from the manual—but in the 2015 edition those were an example of a uniform that included the black tip belt. Similarly, the black tip belt had been a part of the Food Service Uniform, but the new Garrison Culinary Uniform uses a black web belt with a brass tip instead.
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