So, Soldier Systems Daily had an April Fool’s post about the Army ditching camouflage and going back to the simple, green uniform of yesteryear.
Apparently, so industry insiders didn’t notice the date of the post (or even the over the top post itself) and whined a little bit.
And really, I have had it in the back of my head that for the most part, it really is stupid to have camo uniforms.
The woodland pattern Battle Dress Uniform was a good, fairly cheap, serviceable uniform. It was based on the OG107 olive drab Vietnam Era jungle fatigues (which was based on the khaki WWII airborne jumpsuit).
But the Army, Marines, heck, even the Air Force and Navy have spent untold millions of dollars crafting camouflage uniforms for their members. And damn near every penny of that is a waste.
I’ll grant, for the sake of argument, that a handful of service members in the infantry and special operations forces, need a camouflage uniform.
But the vast, vast majority of people in the Army (or the Marines for that matter) could be performing their duties, in garrison, or in combat, in a plain, non-camouflage uniform. Obviously, Fobbits don’t really need camouflage. Nor, really, do tankers, artillerymen, and most other combat support jobs.
The old “pickle suit” would do just fine for most jobs, and cost less to boot.
Heck, it would be nice to be able to see someone’s rank from more than 3” away.
I’ve kind of had a suspicion that with the great increase in the cost of combat uniforms (which will only go up as new technologies are added, such as embedded blood clotting agents), eventually the Army will adopt a field/combat uniform for Infantry, and a garrison/field uniform for all other uses.
Time will tell. But I can say this, camouflage patterns on uniforms are an extremely marginal issue when it comes to the concealment of troops.