Perhaps it is ironic that the head of the Navy, which has recently utilized all of the camouflage uniforms reported in the media in one facet or another, is now saying that he agrees that there should be a reduction in the number patterns within the U.S. Military. However, one could argue that the Navy has three of the most effective options at least in terms of concealment for AOR 1 & 2, as well as recognition for their NWU Type I pattern. The U.S Marine Corps is also looked to as a model of efficiency in selecting camouflage patterns.
|Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus|
Photo: U.S. Navy CMCS Shavers
Ray Maybus, Secratary of the Navy announced today, "The notion thate we have all of this camouflage doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me". This is in response to the recent Enyart Amendment, which would legislate that the U.S. Military utilize standard pattern(s) across the different services with some exceptions to the rule. He also noted that the NWU I only works when sailors fall overboard, which seems a bit off-putting considering that is the worst position to start blending in with your surroundings.
His support goes for 2 or 3 patterns, which does lend it self to some logic in getting the best bang for your buck as long as there is some flexibility for correction if needed. We do find it interesting that these leaders in Congress and in the DOD are just now chiming in after countless articles bashing the U.S. Army Camouflage Improvement Effort. Perhaps there are corrections that need to be made, but legislating fixed parameters in a fluid system may do more harm than good.