The U.S. Army will be donning a new take on traditional camouflage uniforms starting next year, an unidentified Army spokesperson announced in a statement earlier this week. The Army is looking to standardize the introduction of the new uniform, which is an improvement on the customary green and tan pixilated pattern.
“The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for soldiers,” the statement read. A report in the Army newspaper Stars and Stripes said the new camouflage uniforms will be used by all personnel in combat commands.
The newly designed uniforms were prompted by widespread complaints the traditional Universal Camouflage Pattern provided bad concealment for soldiers in most environments. The new pattern was developed by the Army under the code name Scorpion W2 and has been described to be very similar to the MultiCam pattern, which uses background colors on a brown to light-tan gradient with dark brown to light pinkish patterning throughout. The Scorpion W2 is an updated version on the original Scorpion design, which was used for a decade ago.
The MultiCam pattern, which was used on most uniforms for soldiers deployed to Iraq in 2010, is privately owned by a company called Crye Precision and is said to be useful for concealment in a variety of environments and terrains, including urban, desert and green settings.