Thursday, July 31, 2014

U.S. Army Officially Announces New Operational Camouflage Pattern

Short on in-depth details about the pattern itself, the U.S. Army has finally acknowledged officially that they have adopted a pattern they are naming Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP). There is not much new information here other than a full acknowledgement that a pattern has been selected with no mention of the Camouflage Improvement Effort or the Family of Patterns that made up the finalists for Phase IV of the effort. Of course there is a big emphasis placed on cost. 
U.S. Army Photo Sgt. Kuhn 
Of most importance is the notation that soldiers can expect to be able to pick up the new pattern by this time next year. Sources outside the Army are reporting the adoption of a variant for the Scorpion pattern as the new OCP Pattern and it is expected to be quite similar to Crye Precision's MultiCam Pattern. We have not received further information direct, however we are excited to some end in site for UCP. The complete release has been provided below. 

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 31, 2014) -- The Army has selected a pattern as its base combat uniform camouflage pattern. The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers. 

The Army is naming the pattern the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) to emphasize that the pattern's use extends beyond Afghanistan to all Combatant Commands. The Army's adoption of OCP will be fiscally responsible by transitioning over time and simply replacing current uniforms and equipment as they wear out. 

The Army anticipates the Army Combat Uniform with the OCP will be available for purchase by Soldiers at Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSS) in the summer of 2015.