Friday, June 7, 2013

Afghan Camo Food for Thought

It is fun to read the hyperbole surrounding the multiple camouflage options utilized by the U.S. Armed Forces with the common figure being 10 different patterns. I can think of 8 commonly utilized and the addition of Woodland and 3-Color Desert, which are being phased out or utilized by select Special Operations. Apparently this number holds some water. Interestingly the Navy is the most diverse and modern with three modern patterns being utilized and at least two proven to be effective for different environments. 

Afghan Forces Explosive Course
Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Hil

It may be quite interesting to see some reaction from members of the United States Congress when they  came to the realization that the Afghanistan Armed Forces, which the U.S. helped develop through Operation Enduring Freedom along with coalition partners has at least five different camouflage patterns differentiating armed forces. Guy Cramer's HyperStealth out of Canada has dominated the field in providing the ANCOP, Afghan National Army, and Afghan Special Forces with their modern Spec4ce Sierra, Spec4ce Forest, and Ghostex Kilo-1 patterns respectively. Additional Patterns commonly utilized include the Afghan Border Patrol's Six Color Desert Camo (Chocolate Chip) and the Commando's Woodland Camo. Other camouflage patterns have been utilized in Joint Force operations and select local police certainly like them some Tiger Stripe.

Afghan Special Forces

While many of these patterns can be determined to be quite effective for the varied Afghanistan terrain, we have not researched costs involved in acquiring patterns or if there is any inefficiency from offering the different camouflage options. Nor do we know what the U.S. Government is putting forward to fit the bill for such variety if anything. We are merely speculating at the prospects of U.S. Congressmen having further camouflage revelations as they read more Washington Post articles or perhaps cracking open the Daily Bugle. You never know what they may learn.

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