One Shepherd Leadership Institute

One Shepherd Uniforms

Warrior Leader Program

One Shepherd Regiment uniforms are steeped in tradition and function. All members are required to wear our uniforms in proper keeping with the regiment’s standard. Uniforms are a Warrior responsibility, meaning you purchase your own uniforms.

Two Uniforms are Required!

You need both OPFOR and BLUFOR uniforms. Insignia is not required for your first semester, but afterward, insignia is a uniform requirement.

Function: One Shepherd is a force-on-force training environment. This means that two teams engage each other. Warriors must identify their opponent in the midst of battle, and also identify their teammates. This is difficult under the best conditions. Now add smoke, dense vegetation, rain, snow, or nighttime conditions to the emotional and fast-moving battle simulation. The task of identifying friend or foe is incredibly demanding. After much experimentation, One Shepherd has determined that the Woodland and solid olive drab green uniforms are distinct and easily identified as friend or foe.

Tradition: One Shepherd is a martial institution comprised of citizen minutemen and military veterans. The minuteman is pragmatic about the act of battle, and he cares little for military traditions of uniformity or etiquette. This is a clever, flexible Warrior mindset. However in battle, a lack of espirit de corps all too often results in a lack of success for the minuteman. Whereas, the veteran surrenders his wellbeing to the success of his brothers in the regiment. Fidelity to a higher cause is the fiber of espirit de corps. This translates into battlefield victory. One Shepherd uniforms are an outward expression of our fidelity to the regiment and our espirit de corps.

Availability: One Shepherd refers to our standard uniform as “ACU.” However, these uniforms are more commonly sold under their commercial names as the Tactical Response Uniform (TRU) by Tru-Spec; and the Tactical Uniform (Tac-U) by Propper. Foreign manufacturers tend to call them by the military term of ACU. You can conduct an online search to find these uniforms sold by many retailers, including by individuals on such public auction websites as eBay. Always look for the best deals.

BLUFOR Uniform

CUT: ACU Shirt, Pant, and Boonie Hat with nylon loops
CLOTH: “Ripstop” in 65/35 Poly-Cotton, or 60/40, or 50/50 Poly-Cotton blend
COLOR: M81 Woodland, 4-Color

Note: Other cuts of pant may be authorized. However, if wearing other cuts of pant, the color and cloth must be nearly indistinguishable from the ACU shirt.

OPFOR Uniform

CUT: ACU Shirt, Pant, and Boonie Hat with nylon loops
CLOTH: “Ripstop” in 65/35 Poly-Cotton, or 60/40, or 50/50 Poly-Cotton blend
COLOR: Olive Drab Green, Solid

Note: Other cuts of pant may be authorized. However, if wearing other cuts of pant, the color and cloth must be nearly indistinguishable from the ACU shirt.

Rain Parkas

Each warrior also needs two parkas or ponchos, one in each color pattern – Woodland and OD Green. These can be found affordably online in new or used condition.

Combat Boots

The same pair of combat boots is used for both uniforms. A boot is described as footwear that is high enough to cover the ball of the ankle. Lower than the ankle is inappropriate. Boots must be suede-out leather and medium brown in color (e.g. Coyote). The lighter sand colored boots must be dyed brown.

Popular brands and styles include:
• Altama Desert Boot
• Bates Dura-Shocks Boot
• Bellville Infantry Combat Boot
• Matterhorn USMC Mojave Olive Desert Boot
• Danner Desert Arcadia Boot
• Danner USMC RAT Combat Boot
• Wellco USMC RAT Combat Boot
• Wellco Infantry Combat Boot

Duty Items

The following uniform items are highly recommended and should be purchased in solid olive drab green color whenever possible:

• T-shirts, short/long sleeve in either crew and/or turtle neck
• Thermal layers in polypropylene, Merino wool, or wicking silk
• Boot socks in wool, wool-cotton blend, or wicking fiber
• Duty pant belt or Rigger belt in ODG nylon
• Knee pads in ODG nylon foam and plastic
• Work gloves, leather palm or similar
• Eye protection goggles or glasses

Insignia Duty Uniforms

• “J. SMITH” nametape in all-capital letters, black thread and olive tape
• “ONE SHEPHERD” tape in all-capital letters, black thread and olive tape
• Reverse US flag (or your country of origin), black and olive green
• One Shepherd Regiment patch, black and olive green
• “One Warrior, One Leader, One Shepherd” tabs

Note: No other patches or insignia are allowed to be placed on the uniform.

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