Border Patrol chooses rugged style to reflect the job


The Grand Rapids Press 


U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Ratz, left, and Shone Sessions, both wearing the new border patrol uniform, get ready for their shift on their all-terrain vehicles at the Chula Vista Sector Border Patrol Station in San Diego, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Leather belts with brass buckles are out; nylon belts with quick-release plastic buckles are in. Slacks are out; lightweight cargo pants are in. Shiny badges and nameplates are out; cloth patches are in.

The Border Patrol uniform is getting its first makeover since the 1950s to look more like military fatigues and less like police garb.

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