• Pfc. Joshua E. Tomblin, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Imholt, and 1st Lt. Thomas J. Goodman, all with 3rd Platoon, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, lead a patrol through the Wata Poor district in Afghanistan. The Soldiers are wearing the Army's new uniform pattern for Afghanistan, MultiCam.

    Soldiers to get new cammo pattern for wear in Afghanistan

    Pfc. Joshua E. Tomblin, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Imholt, and 1st Lt. Thomas J. Goodman, all with 3rd Platoon, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, lead a patrol through the Wata Poor district in Afghanistan. The Soldiers are wearing the Army's...

  • Pvt. Kade S. Smith, a squad automatic weapon gunner with 3rd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, pulls security during a unit visit with the leaders of Angla Kala village, Afghanistan. Smith is wearing the Army's new uniform pattern for Afghanistan, MultiCam.

    Soldiers to get new cammo pattern for wear in Afghanistan

    Pvt. Kade S. Smith, a squad automatic weapon gunner with 3rd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, pulls security during a unit visit with the leaders of Angla Kala village, Afghanistan. Smith is...

  • Spc. Jesus B. Fernandez crosses a stream during a unit visit to Angla Kala village in Afghanistan's Kunar province, Feb. 6, 2010. International Security Assistance Force troops regularly meet with village elders to improve communications between residents and government officials. Fernandez is an assistant team leader assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment.

    MultiCam coming to Afghanistan

    Spc. Jesus B. Fernandez crosses a stream during a unit visit to Angla Kala village in Afghanistan's Kunar province, Feb. 6, 2010. International Security Assistance Force troops regularly meet with village elders to improve communications between...

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 19, 2010) -- Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the "MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh made that announcement Feb. 19, after the service conducted a rigorous four-month evaluation of various uniform patterns to determine what could best protect Soldiers in Afghanistan.

The new uniforms are of the same material and cut that Soldiers are already wearing in the Army Combat Uniform or ACU. It is the camouflage printed on the fabric that will be different. The change allows commanders in Afghanistan to have more options in deciding how best to equip their Soldiers.

"As a material provider, I want to be responsive to the Soldiers I support," said Col. William E. Cole, project manager for Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment. "I want to give commanders options, I want to be responsive to Soldiers. That is what we were trying to do -- we're working to give (them) more options."

The uniforms bearing the new pattern, like the latest ACUs, are fire resistant. They are officially called the Fire Resistant Army Combat Uniform.

The decision to use the MultiCam pattern came after the Army evaluated its effectiveness at providing camouflage protection in Iraq. That was done, in part, by consulting with nearly 750 Soldiers who had deployed to Afghanistan. Those Soldiers participated in a "photo simulation" study administered by the Army.

Additionally, feedback from Soldiers who have already worn the uniform in Afghanistan was used to make the final decision. About 2,000 Soldiers were involved in tests to see how effective patterns such as MultiCam and UCP-Delta were at providing concealment in the varying terrain of Afghanistan.

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