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Army to get new combat uniforms.

The 20 major changes made to the Army Combat Uniform - ACU for short - are functional rather than cosmetic, the Army says. Buttons have been replaced by zippers; chest pockets have been moved to shoulders, to be accessible under body armor; patches are now Velcro attached rather than sewn in place; the camouflage pattern is a pixilated mix of green, tan and gray without the eye-attracting black element in previous camo designs. And regulation boots? They are now tan, no-polish suede desert models, minus the stiffness and maintenance of those that slogged through European theaters and Vietnamese jungles.

All the changes are meant to facilitate the movement, safety or visual integration of soldiers into woodland, urban and desert environments, the combat scenarios of today. The promised ease of wear and care speak of a more focused fighting force, centered on combat conditions rather than ceremony or mindless details of dress.


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(NT) (NT) i saw it on the news looks cool
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Re: Army to get new combat uniforms.

>"A new uniform, first introduced in June 2004..."

But for some reason, my original link from last June now returns a 404:

>"Unable to find a picture of it..."

Personally, I think Velrco (noise) could be a problem (target indicator) in combat. And anyone who's seen Something About Mary knows why some guys prefer buttons over zippers.

As for:

>"visual integration of soldiers into woodland, urban and desert environments"

Yeah, the soldier in the pics sure blends into the trees in the background real well, don't he? In an urban environment, especially at night, sure. But methinks the desert is gonna go about as well as the flora.


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(NT) (NT) at nite theres shadows in the desert very dark ones
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True, but despite my nic...

...I'd rather have a color scheme that worked during both day and night, rather than just night.


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(NT) (NT) i would think it will
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Now its just an issue of

getting the funding to acquire these uniforms

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The uniforms will probably be phased in over time.

That's what the services usually do when they introduce a new uniform to keep costs down for the service members. They continue to wear their old uniforms until they wear out and then buy the new uniform as needed. The Marines switched over to the pixelated pattern a couple of years ago so this really isn't a "new" idea the Army came up with. Also, the Air Force is currently field testing a new camoflauged uniform of their own, with a blue and gray pattern. Takes time getting used to it.

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