TSgt Dietrich, thank you again for sharing this info.
Fellow Air Force RP Members, here's an article that explains the reasoning for the changes:
BOTTOM LINE (According to the article):
“The policy changes revolve around three areas,” said Col. Patrick Doherty, Director of Air Force Services who has oversight of the uniforms and awards and recognition branch.
“The first area of policy changes is focused on heritage, team building, esprit de corps and unit pride.
The second is recognizing and valuing Airmen’s experiences, qualifications and job performance, allowing Airmen to wear what they have earned.
The last area is a group of common sense approach inputs from Airmen in the field that senior leaders thought were great ideas.”