Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Camouflage: From Old to New

The military has been looking for a suitable replacement for its current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) and while the front runner seemed to be Crye Precision's MultiCam, it’s been announced that the Army will be going with the Scorpion Camouflage Pattern. Scorpion is a close cousin to the MultiCam pattern that was being issued in Afghanistan but the United States Army owns the Scorpion pattern, which was developed by Crye for the Army’s “Objective Force Warrior” program. Interestingly, the new scorpion pattern looks a lot like Rothco's Total Terrain Camo which we currently have as a T-Shirt but will be producing as a BDU coming this fall.

So as we say goodbye to the current UCP and usher in the era of the scorpion, my inner historian compels me to look back at some other retired camouflage patterns. Many of the past patterns are carried by Rothco, such as, my personal favorite, the Tiger Stripe Camo which was introduced during the Vietnam War. Currently, the tiger stripe has gone beyond the Call of Duty and has become very popular in the fashion arena.

The most recognizable and well known camouflage pattern is Woodland Camo, which was first introduced in 1981 with the issue of the Battle Dress Uniform. The classic woodland camouflage consists of simple sand, brown, black, and green colors. A desert version of the BDU was also made in six color desert camo and, later, three color desert camo.

The classic camo patterns were replaced by the coming of digital camouflage; ACU Digital Camo (see above as UCP) became the new standard for the Army while other branches of the military used desert digital and woodland digital camo. This is now, of course, being replaced by the Scorpion Camo; while the next innovation in camouflage may be some time away (or maybe not) one can only image what the next wave of camouflage will look like.

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