The U.S. Army rolled out its plan today to outfit every soldier with Army Combat Uniforms in the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. We ran a story on the effort today on Military.com.
The new pattern — which replaces the Universal Camouflage Pattern — is very similar to Operation enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern, or MultiCam, soldiers have worn in Afghanistan.
But in addition to a new camouflage, the ACU will feature several design changes based on soldier feedback, according to Col. Bob Mortlock, the head of Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment.
UPPER SHOULDER POCKET
SLEEVE PEN POCKET
LOWER LEG POCKET FLAP
Uniform officials have also removed the drawstring on the trousers. The ACU will no longer feature internal elbow and knee pads. Uniform officials have sewn up the elbow and knee pad pockets but left the extra layer of material for double reinforcement.