Originally posted by SSG SC:
If I was you I would bring two outfits. Remember there will be a time that you graduate, and you don't want to go to AIT with just a tshirt and jeans after you have been stuck in the same uniform 24/7 for nine weeks.
Soldiers still can't wear civilians at AIT until a few weeks and a "phaseup". You can have family/ friends mail you stuff. Just take the bare minimum, so you don't have to pack extra stuff around.
(the army will give you PLENTY to worry about carrying.) Take a STURDY medium sized backpack
to keep your civilian clothes in while they're locked away, and it comes in handy carrying other stuff.
-Black with no logos is best, you can then use it throughout AIT and the rest of your career. (You can use a knife or fork to unstitch a sewn-on logo.)
-Most places also allow ACU camouflage patterns, even though it can depend from place to place:
From the uniform regulation:
"Soldiers may carry civilian gym bags, civilian rucksacks, or other similar civilian bags while in uniform.
Soldiers may carry these bags by hand, on one shoulder using a shoulder strap, or over both shoulders using both shoulder straps. If the soldier opts to carry a bag over one shoulder, the bag must be carried on the same side of the body as the shoulder strap; therefore, soldiers may not carry the bag slung across the body with the strap over the opposite shoulder.
If soldiers choose to carry a shoulder bag while in uniform, the bag must be black with no other colors and may not have any logos. The contents of the bag may not be visible; therefore, see-through plastic or mesh bags are not authorized. There is no restriction on the color of civilian bags carried in the hand.
These rules do not apply to purses, which are covered in chapter 27 of this regulation. Commanders govern the wear of organizational issue rucksacks in garrison and field environments"