Oh my God! Another uniform change? But my sage green boots still have tread! Sigh… As of April 1, 2021 (April Fools!!! No, not really), the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) became the standard uniform for the USAF. The OCP replaces the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) that the AF “borrowed” from the Army’s Combat Uniform (ACU), which THEY “borrowed” from —

Sorry, gotta snap out of that rabbit hole…

Uniform History

When I raised my right hand and swore an oath, all the way back in the prehistoric late ’90s, the Air Force wore the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). Just like the Army and the Marines… not the Navy, though. The Navy was still in those Village People dungaree combos.

In 2011, the AF officially dropped the BDU to usher in the age of the tiger stripe. The digital tiger stripe was a throwback to special operator tiger-stripe patterns from the Vietnam War. The first patterns tested weren’t great, but they got better.