After four long years, the Army is soon to announce its next camo pattern. It’ll likely look like a bigger version of MARPAT, but the decision is being closely guarded. Soldier Systems Daily (SSD) is doing an excellent job keeping up on that issue, but before the decision comes out and the screaming starts, I wanted to discuss some camo issues that have been ‘camouflaged’ over the last decade.
Camouflage? ACUs, MARPAT, MultiCam, ABUs, NWU (Aquaflage), AOR 1 & 2… (Sigh) Reams have been written. Enough epithets have been thrown out there for the spit to fill a virtual lake. HOW did we get from two pretty effective patterns to eight? Where are we? Who messed up and where? How can we ensure we don’t do this again? I’ll likely write a dozen pages someday, if for no other reason than a case study for how not to do things. In the meantime, let’s look at this decades-old controversy in a new way.
Just like ACUs, it’ll be sure to make everyone angry.
The camo saga, where to start? I could go back to BDUs, but most start with ACUs. Unfortunately, the current fiasco started with MARPAT, and it’s shocking how the narrative has ignored where the problem started. Why? I don’t think it’s just because MARPAT is effective and ACU’s (or UCP, to be technically accurate) were not. *Universal Camo Pattern is what the pattern is actually called. Technically, ACUs apply to the style/cut of the uniform. ACUs have been fielded in coffee stain, UCP and MultiCam.
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bodat the wobbler
personally it reminds me of some sort of brand recognition thing.........which imo is silly. whatever happened to the days when every branch had the same pattern.....just diffrent hats. it would have to be more cost effective.
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Maj. Rodriguez, Just saw this article... http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/06/06/house-votes-to-eliminate-service-camo-patterns.html?ESRC=dod.nl
...The Marine Corps has its reasons for wanting its own combat pattern. As a Marine infantryman (0311... 1968-70) I understand the history of this (going back to WWI) and agree completely with the Corps in all regards... except one. If indeed MARPAT is the *best* pattern out there and helps saves lives... then the Corps needs to share. If, in 1917 they had developed the B.A.R. (a wonderful invention) it would have been wrong to have "hogged" it when the Army taking heavy casualties in the trenches. ...During the Rhodesian Bush War (1966-80) a camo pattern was developed that was one of the best ever (for a specific region...) All services... the BSAP, the Rhodesian Army, and the Rhodesian Air Force all used the same pattern. Issues of service rivalry existed (though not well publicized) but the pattern was truly superior and for reasons of safety and economy all were issued with uniforms of the same camo pattern. (Variations existed, such as the BSAP having a cap with so-called "bullet holders" on the front...) ...The Marine Corps deserves praise for developing a superior pattern at a (relatively) low cost. But this should not be an issue of service rivalry. If they have the *best* for staying alive in the field... then all at the "sharp end" need to have it. YP
The Marines licensed their pattern off of the Canadian Digital Pattern.