It’s official – MultiCam wins approval for Afghanistan deployment
Soldier Systems Daily first reported on the 17th of February that Crye Precision’s MultiCam camouflage pattern had been tentatively selected as the US Army’s choice to replace UCP combat uniforms for use in Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.
Yesterday, Soldier Systems Daily reported that it is now official:
LTC Cummings of the Army Public Affairs Office has confirmed that the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh approved a plan today to begin the fielding of MultiCam uniforms and individual equipment as soon as possible. Sources have informed Soldier Systems Daily that the Army plans to begin issuing as early as July of this year for Afghanistan bound troops and to complete the initial fielding by May of 2011.
A DoD news release about the Secretary’s approval also stated that the Army remains committed to completing Phase IV of the camouflage project which will develop a long-term strategy for the Army.
Monday’s edition (22 Feb) of Army Times will have all the details of the new pattern, including who gets it and when and the wear rules that will come with it.
So, 8 months and 3 days after we first reported on this story, the US Army has made its decision – and frankly, come to its senses. At least partially. You might also remember that I predicted 8 months ago that the Army would most likely select MultiCam – even though Natick did make one last desperate attempt to salvage the UCP pattern by adding a percentage of Coyote Brown colour to the pattern.
No official word yet on the style of uniform that will be issued, but I’m betting that it will be the ACU style MulticCam uniforms from Propper (who already also make the FROG clothing items for the US Marines.
Perhaps in anticipation of this, Propper have already announced the availability of an FR combat uniform in MultiCam – made to the exact same specifications of the USMC FROG items.
Both Propper and Tru-Spec also make standard (i.e., non-FR) ACU-style uniforms in MultiCam.
Meanwhile, Cyre Precision have also revamped their MultiCamPattern.com website. Go over and have a browse around – my favourite new item are these Oakley LSA (Land, Sea, Air) Boots: