Army officials confirmed what had been heard for the past few months:
The Army has confirmed what Soldiers have been hearing rumors of for months now — a new camouflage pattern for combat uniforms is on the way with a number of improvements.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Army will begin issuing to new Soldiers an Army Combat Uniform that bears the Operational Camouflage Pattern. That same uniform will also become available in military clothing sales stores in the summer of 2015.
Soldiers are expected to retire their current uniform and begin wearing the new pattern by the summer of 2018.
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The Army is calling its new camo the Operational Camouflage Pattern, though it’s been referred to in previous tests as Scorpion W2. It is similar in appearance to Crye Precision’s MultiCam, but was developed by Army Natick Labs in Massachusetts.
Scorpion W2 uses a color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown.
The Army confirms the same fabric of the current uniforms will be used and details other changes that are happening and others that might happen:
The uniform bearing the new pattern will be largely the same as what Soldiers wear now, except that the lower leg pockets will be closed by a button instead of the “hook and loop” fabric fastener on the current Army Combat Uniform, or ACU. Soldiers complained that fastener made too much noise in combat environments, officials said. The insert pockets for knee pads and elbow pads will also be removed from the new uniform, according to Program Executive Office Soldier.
Other changes that will be considered by the 2015 Army Uniform Board include:
— elimination of the mandarin collar and replacement with a fold-down design
— change of the infrared square identification for friend or foe, known as the IFF tab
— removal of one of three pen pockets on the ACU sleeve
— elimination of the drawstring on the trouser waistband
These last four potential changes have not yet been approved but are being considered, according to PEO Soldier.
Cost estimates from the Army:
The cost of uniforms with the new pattern will be comparable to the current uniform. At the Fort Myer, Virginia, military clothing sales store, for instance, an ACU top now sells for approximately $45. The pants sell for around $45 as well. A cap sells for about $8.
According to the 2014 pay charts, online at dfas.mil, enlisted Soldiers receive between $439 and $468 annually to buy new uniforms — that includes replacing the outgoing UCP ACU with the Operational Camouflage Pattern ACU.
Army Times has more:
In another potential cost-saving measure, the Army plans to retain wearable items in the Universal Camouflage Pattern and dye them coyote brown.
The Army is seeking to over-dye existing Modular Lightweight Load carrying Equipment (MOLLE) and Improved Outer Tactical Vests (IOTV) that are the digital Universal Camouflage Pattern to create a darker color that more closely matches coyote brown.
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