Well, just when I thought it couldn’t get more interesting, Congress has FINALLY decided to step in. Learned about it on SSD. Congressman William Enyart (D- IL) has supposedly read an article in the Washington Post about Camouflage last month. Here’s the link. It’s really a seminal article and I referenced it in my discussion within my Camo article a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, Enyart became inspired and submitted an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act through the House Armed Services Committee which passed 32-30.

The Amendment says that the services need to have the same uniforms by 1 Oct 2018, and outlaws future branch-specific uniforms. There are exceptions written into the amendment for headgear, SOCOM, and working or vehicle uniforms. The Secretary of Defense can also ask for a waiver to the law if he certifies to Congress “exceptional operational circumstances” requiring the fielding of a new combat camo uniform.

The actual text to the amendment is here(thanks to http://www.scribd.com/solsys)

Frankly, it’s about time! DoD abdicated responsibility and let it get as bad as it has (eight patterns) over a decade. The GAO report “DOD Should Improve Development of Camouflage Uniforms and Enhance Collaboration Among the Services” made a slew of recommendations to DoD, which resulted in the lukewarm DoD response that it would require “joint criteria,” and that the branches will share camo technology. Well, technology was already being shared, and stating we’re going to “measure camo” the same way isn’t a big deal. There’s a saying, “If you want to be in charge, be in charge.” Congress IS a soup sandwich, but sometimes they make the military do things it doesn’t want to do, but needs to do none the less. (Look at the A10.) It’s about time someone started herding the “camouflage cats.”