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The irresponsibly stupid
and dangerous camouflage
patterns of the U.S. military

The Week, by D.B. Grady

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/24/2013 4:59:21 AM

W hen the Marine Corps selected a digital pattern for its combat uniform in 2002, the U.S. military as a whole seemed to fracture, with each branch wandering aimlessly in a bizarre search for sartorial identity. It´s been a long, strange trip since. So let´s take a brief look at the camouflage patterns of the U.S. military, and the sorry stories of their adoptions.Universal Camouflage Pattern (U.S. Army The only other country that uses the Universal Camouflage Pattern (see the photos here) for its military is Kazakhstan. That´s pretty much everything you need to know about its effectiveness.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: altoona, 1/24/2013 5:50:46 AM     (No. 9135801)

Don´t worry. Before leaving office, Panetta is changing all military uniforms to fluorescent orange.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/24/2013 7:20:17 AM     (No. 9135868)

Read article...don´t see particular importance...except to bash military——again. Back to the 70s we go!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 1/24/2013 7:22:08 AM     (No. 9135871)

Combat uniforms will have built-in bras...AFTER ALL! We are an all inclusive society! NO differences.

Just one last question to Mr. Panchetta.
When a pregnant female soldier is killed; will it count for one or two bodies, Two funerals? You know that is going to be problematic for the civilian bureaucracy.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: arcady, 1/24/2013 7:38:17 AM     (No. 9135892)

Wait until you see how they look with the new mani/pedi protocol...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/24/2013 8:13:32 AM     (No. 9135964)

Couldn´t we have the “Queer eye for a straight guy” program intervention here?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jgat, 1/24/2013 8:47:01 AM     (No. 9136032)

The individual that sold the US Navy on camouflage uniform other than one of Navy gray should get some kind of an award! Maybe shooting at sunrise will suffice. The US Navy had the most sensible utility uniform in the world, chambray shirt and dungarees both in shades of blue. Now our sailors look like want-to-be Marines and soldiers.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MickTurn, 1/24/2013 10:08:12 AM     (No. 9136208)

Camo is supposed to be an actual camouflage uniform so the enemy can´t see you as well...

Why don´t you clowns just wear bright colors and carry paper targets to hold in front of your heads?

This isn´t about identity of branch of service but that seems the idiocy that is going down!

When ever you want a guaranteed screwed up situation, give it to the bureaucrats!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: comstock, 1/24/2013 10:18:50 AM     (No. 9136240)

This old CPO agrees with #12. What idiot decided that camouflage is a good idea for sailors? So you blend in with the surrounding ocean if you fall overboard? So it´s easier to find you and get you medical aid after you are buried in grey structure after an explosion?

Back in the early 1970´s I taught a tactical computer class to a bunch of Iranian CPOs (yep, they bought a couple of computerized missile destroyers from us that were never delivered). Their uniforms were grey slacks and shirts. Even they thought wearing a grey uniform on a ship painted all grey, sailing on an ocean that is oftentimes more grey than blue was a dumb idea.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: comstock, 1/24/2013 10:19:56 AM     (No. 9136242)

Sorry, that should be #6.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: BitterClinger, 1/24/2013 12:58:45 PM     (No. 9136696)

I have never understood why troops not actually in a combat zone should wear camo.

I once had occasion to observe troops wearing "camo" and solid color baggy clothing like we used in Korea. Both the ugly green we old guys know and a color I´ll call brownish gray were seen.

The brownish gray was the easy winner in a variety of situations. I thought the "camo" was worse than useless.

I suppose it all looks different behind a desk.

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