The U.S. Army is finally giving into criticism over its current camouflage uniforms. Now only did they cost $5 billion, but they failed to hide soldiers sufficiently.
The Daily reports,
The fact that the government spent $5 billion on a camouflage design that actually made its soldiers more visible — and then took eight years to correct the problem — has also left people in the camouflage industry incensed. The total cost comes from the Army itself and includes the price of developing the pattern and producing it for the entire service branch.
“It got into political hands before the soldiers ever got the uniforms,” said Cheryl Stewardson, a textile technologist at the Army research center in Natick, Mass.
Other critics say the Army brass allowed "looks" and politics to get in the way of uniform design, rather than practical application.
The article went on to say,
But until the new pattern is put in the field — a move that’s still a year or more away — soldiers in Afghanistan have been given a temporary fix: a greenish, blended replacement called MultiCam. The changeover came only after several non-commissioned officers complained to late Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, and he took up the cause in 2009. Outside of Afghanistan, the rest of the Army is still stuck with the gray Universal Camouflage Pattern, or UCP. And some soldiers truly hate it.
“Essentially, the Army designed a universal uniform that universally failed in every environment,” said an Army specialist who served two tours in Iraq, wearing UCP in Baghdad and the deserts outside Basra. “The only time I have ever seen it work well was in a gravel pit.”
One site even took the time to do a write up about inaccuracies in the reporting that has been circulated. While they claim the "pixelated" camo uniforms aren't going anywhere, they do seem to believe that the uniforms are not the best that could have been manufactured.
New designs are being worked on by researchers, but won't be ready for at least another year and four different patterns are currently being tested.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.