Army to wear uniforms honoring First Infantry Division for Army-Navy game

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States Army’s First Infantry Division helping end World War I, so the Army football team will wear uniforms to honor those soldiers against Navy.

Here’s what they look like:

The First Division was nicknamed the ”Big Red One” from its legendary shoulder sleeve insignia, which will be reflected on the uniform, as well as a red “1” on the helmet. There is also a WWI era flag on the back of the helmets, with just 48 stars to reflect the time before Alaska and Hawaii were officially added as states in 1959.

There are plenty of other special features as well, including the collar insignia that “replicate bronze collar disks worn by enlisted soldiers in the First Division.”

For more on the uniforms, Army has built a special interactive website with all the history of the First Division and its impact on the World War I:

President Woodrow Wilson promised the Allies he would send “a division” to France immediately, but the Army had no such divisions. The United States quickly ordered four infantry and three artillery regiments from the Mexican border in Texas to Hoboken, N.J., to board transports to France. That group of seven regiments joined together to officially form the “1st Expeditionary Division,” later the 1st Infantry Division, under Brigadier General William L. Sibert on June 12, 1917. With more than 28,000 men, the “Big Red One,” as the division was later nicknamed from its shoulder sleeve insignia, was twice the size of either the allied or German divisions on the Western Front.

This video was also released by Army athletics:

On the Navy side, the Midshipmen will wear special Bill the Goat-themed uniforms in honor of their classic mascot.

Army (9-2) enters Saturday’s game, which will be played at 3 p.m. in Philadelphia, on a seven-game winning streak. On the other hand, Navy is just 3-9 and is having its worst season under Ken Niumatalolo and will miss a bowl game for the first time since going 5-7 in 2011.

Army will play Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 22.

Related: Look back at last year's uniforms: 

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The Army's 10th Mountain Division is a light infantry comprised of soldiers training in the harshest of mountain environments. 

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The stripe on Army's helmets represents the "Follow Me" stripe worn on the uniforms of 10th Mountain Division soldiers so they could identify each other even through brutal weather. 

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The uniforms feature fewer cut-and-sew seams than regular uniforms, as well as a sturdier fabric in high impact areas. 

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Each uniform is comprised of hydrophobic yarns that minimize weight when the fabric is both wet and dry. 

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The 10th Mountain Division was formed in Pando, Colorado, giving soldiers the nickname of "Pando Commandos." They honored this nickname by wearing a panda patch on their uniforms, which will also be seen on Army's cleats for the game. 

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The uniforms will feature a greater range of motion thanks to lightweight, stretch-woven fabric used in areas of low impact. 

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The 10th Mountain Division was formed in 1943, and was originally called the 10th Light Alpine Division.

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The 10th Mountain Division's coat of arms will be placed on players' right shoulders, featuring the motto Vires Montesque Vincimus: “We Conquer Powers and Mountains.”

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The uniforms are being called Nike's most innovative performance football uniforms to date. 

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Heat will be managed through micro perforations that have been laser cut into the uniform. 

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Army has won 50 total matchups against Navy.

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The 2017 Army-Navy game is scheduled for 3pm ET on Saturday, December 9. 

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