Skip to comments.Army picks MultiCam as new camo for Afghanistan
Posted on 03/04/2010 1:33:48 PM PST by Pavegunner72
BAMBERG, Germany The Army has selected the MultiCam as its new uniform for soldiers heading to Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced, following four months of testing by units in the combat zone.
MultiCams will be issued to units heading to Afghanistan starting in July. Those units include the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, La.; the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo.; and the 2nd Brigade, 34th Infantry Division of the Iowa Army National Guard, according to the Program Executive Office Soldier Web site.
Soldiers in Afghanistan had identified the need for a new combat uniform, according to Col. Scott Mills of the Army Logistics Directorate, who spoke to Stars and Stripes about the uniforms in December when they started testing them.
Link to rest of story http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=68446
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looks pretty good!
Now...if the USAF could just follow suit.
I don’t see anything.
I’ll have nightmares tonight after seeing camos. I used to have to wash, starch, and iron the old ones for my husband. I hated them!!!!
Now that's funny right there!
We seemingly change combat unifroms every time we swap out the Command Sergeant Major of the Army....
This one will be tossed in a few years as well. The burden goes to the troops, who have to buy all new uniforms every time the pentagon feels a breeze...
Any uniform pattern will be less than ideal-all we need is a good design (meaning cut, pockets where they make sense and proper material-like flame/blast resistant yet cool enough to be reasonable) who cares what “color and camo pattern” they are for the most part.
Good news for my wife Grandma- all the new ones are wash and wear. God Bless you and your hubby for your service.
who? what? where? :)
Agreed the changes are insane in the military now.
I work in a unit that has been wearing these multicams for years now. They are FAR superior in color pattern and serviceability.
Then they did a close up of what I thought were empty seats, only to realize that the stadium was indeed filled with soldiers wearing camo.
It would work well here in Texas (Summer and deer season)
My daughter, wife, and I drive through Crystal City (near the Pentagon) every morning on the way to work and school. One morning, my wife commented that she didn’t recall seeing so many soldiers before. (It was after 9/11). My precious 8 year old immediately said, “that’s because they’re all wearing camouflage mommy.” It was a proud moment for me.
Do not like.
Starch makes clothing light up like a glow bug with active night vision.
Damn, now I’m going to have to repaint my truck. I wonder where I can find a can of MultiCam paint?
>>The new uniform is also fire resistant, according to the PEO Soldier Web site.
Orange County Chopper showed a guy who can apply a camo finish to anything metal using a dipping tank.
Would the military feel the same about changing patterns so often if they provided all uniforms for service men and women?
They provide initial issue at boot camp and sometimes before deployments, then it becomes the member responsibility to buy replacements using the yearly individual uniform allowance.
Gotta be easier than the digital camo.
Looks like something the Waffen SS came up with.
Do not like.
Hey The KG9 Kid what was your response to the Kevlar helmet?
Does that “allowance” generally cover the full cost?
If they use them on board ships and fall off I sure hope they have dye packs, strobes, and an ELT because they will never be found without them.
Lets not even get into the new uniforms my Air Force has. Ugh!
Not even close. The wash and wear helped a little since we no longer were required to starch/press garrison uniforms.
It’s not as pretty as Mossy Oak or Realtree, though.
Icing on the cake.
During Desert Storm I wore khakis on the deck of a gray painted merchant ship. Ok at sea but when docked in a questionable desert sea port I wished for simple janitor work gray.
I’ll be watching Sportsman’s Guide for them :)
Honey, back then they didn’t have night vision. When he was in the Corps, they were using stuff left over from Korea. He was an air traffic controller, which now is done by computers. They loved to say they told pilots where to go.
true. the private sector is the best way to go. personally, i prefer mossy oak, but that's just me. :)
My Marine friends think the Navy went with digitals to hide grease spots. Otherwise, the old Woodland and Desert patterns seemed to be fine on ship.
Desert MARPAT (USMC digital camo) isn’t all that great since it can fade a lot after washing and wearing. However, my Marine friends liked the elasticated cargo pockets and waist on the trousers and the angled chest pockets on the blouse.
The MultiCam pattern is available commercially and seems to have more brown than the above photo. It blends well at a distance according to a couple of Rocky Mountain sheep hunters I know who wore the pattern last season.
It all depends on who is making the money from the changes.
Hey just got news that the Pentagon is in lock down. Can’t post it. Go to Drudge...
YEs, and I painted more than a few Duce and halfs the same *itty pink. BUt it sure works out fine in the Desert - if you watch out for shadows, it is all but impossible to see from the air.
“COurse an F-4 doing 350KIAS isn’t going to see much on the ground anyway.....
heh... yeah... that would be a tough paint job.
But on the whole I really like the digital camo. I've got a couple of the 5.11 tactical shirts in the digital "woodland" pattern... and I think it looks great.
Mil surplus cammies are cheap, though! I have Canadian forest, South African Night, Alpenflage (well Sportsmens Guide calls it that), German Flektar, plus some others and the total cost is about the same as a Mossy oak jacket from Cabelas.
Like many items in today’s military, camo was first used as a combat uniform on a regular basis by the Germans. And, yes, the Waffen SS “came up with” camo.
Actually, wearing the runes, rank insignia, and cuffband was against regulations, but most Waffen SS wore them anyway.
Now if they just dump the zipper and all that velcro, they’ll be set.
Looks to me like old woodland BDUs that were just faded all to hell.
Of course, those worked better in the woods anyway. ;)
I read somewhere once that the reason those vehicles were pink is that they painted them a sand color that subsequently became pink when exposed to the harsh desert sun. The statement may be wrong, but I did read that somewhere.
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