By Kyrene Resel (Leonard Wood)July 9, 2015
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (July 9, 2015) -- Fort Leonard Wood is scheduled to receive the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, uniform between October and December of this year, which will be part of the third wave of official uniform shipments.
"The OCP uniform will be shipped in three waves," said Donna Worth, Fort Leonard Wood Military Clothing Sales manager. "Waves are determined by size of the installation and troop strength, so your bigger locations and OCONUS (Outside the Continental United States) will receive them in the first and second wave," Worth added.
The transition to the OCP uniform will take place over the next four years and the Army is scheduled to have full implementation by October 2019.
According to Worth, the OCP uniform should cost the same as the Army Combat Uniform does now, but there is a chance that the prices could go up at the beginning of the fiscal year.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey is encouraging troops to budget their upcoming annual clothing allowance to purchase the new uniform.
"All enlisted Soldiers receive an annual stipend for the purchase of uniforms and accessories," Dailey said. "I encourage all Soldiers and leaders to (budget) for a new uniform, belt, boots, and T-shirts as you receive your clothing allowance over the next two to three years," Dailey said in an article published June 1 by the Army News Service.
Fort Leonard Wood is slated to receive several thousand sets of the OCP this fall. All of the uniforms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and no holds will be available.
"We are scheduled to receive 6,610 sets of the OCP uniforms," Worth said, "However, I do not have a breakdown of what sizes we will receive as of yet," she added.
Over the next four years, Soldiers can mix and match items with either the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OEFCP) or the OCP. Soldiers will also be allowed to wear the OEFCP flame resistant ACU's during this time of transition.
For more information, call Military Clothing Sales at 573.596.0131, ext. 61502.