Wednesday, June 8, 2011

U.S. Army Backs Off MARPAT Option

Photo by U.S. Army SGT Sklaney III
In a previous post we had noted that BG Fuller formerly of PEO Soldier stated that the Army could take on the MARPAT Camouflage Pattern if they decided it was in the best interest of the soldiers.

However, Fox News reported that the current PEO Soldier spokesperson corrected the current situation by stating that MARPAT is not even up for consideration.

The Marine camouflage patterns are merely being used for comparison sake in the Camouflage Improvement Effort testing to determine which of the new camo patterns may be the best. 

This falls in lines with the guidelines of the solicitation and makes perfect sense in assessing future options without stepping on the toes of the USMC in wanting to maintain a distinct camouflage for its Marines. I guess some journalists are covering all the angles and possibilities to stir up intrigue and murmuring. 

They also took note that each service would maintain a unique camouflage combat uniform. With the Air Force adopting MultiCam and matching up with the Army in Afghanistan, it is still up in the air as to their move when the Army eventually takes on any new combat pattern. Will they just go with some derivative as well?

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