A new U.S. Army camouflage pattern in 2015 is set to go on sale in a month. The new Army uniform pattern is based upon a design formerly called the Scorpion W2, and Army officials claim it will offer superior concealment compared to the much-maligned Universal Camouflage Pattern, a pixelated combination of green, gray, and tan that some soldiers said provided bad concealment in most places.
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An unidentified senior Army spokesperson said late last year that the new U.S. Army camouflage pattern for 2015 will definitely be an improvement.
“The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers,” the U.S. Army said, according to the Stars And Stripes.
The implementation of the new Army uniform will be gradual, according to Col. Robert Mortlock, Army Program Manager of Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment.
“We’re going to transition over time,” Mortlock told Army Times. “That’s to relieve the burden to our soldiers initially, but it also allows us to make maximum use of our residual stocks. We’ve gone through the most rigorous combat uniform camouflage testing in history. They are different patterns. But they perform very similarly in providing that concealment to soldiers.”
U.S. Army exchanges will start putting the new Army camouflage pattern on sale in July for a combined cost of $102.04, but it’s expected that soldiers will be using a mish-mash of different camo design in the interim. Running through September 30, 2019, U.S. Army soldiers are authorized to wear three different types of uniforms.
- ACUs with the gray-green Universal Camouflage Pattern.
- Flame-resistant ACUs using MultiCam (issued to deploying soldiers since 2010).
- ACUs with the new OCP pattern.
Mortlock also says the rollout of the new Army camouflage pattern in 2015 will consist of three phases.
• July 1 phase: 19 installations, including Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Benning, Georgia; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Drum, New York; Fort Carson, Colorado; and South Korea.
• Sept. 1 phase: 28 installations, including National Capital Region (including the Pentagon); Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Germany.
• Nov. 1 phase: 63 installations, including Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Lee, Virginia; and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
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