Army Releases Schedule for Bases to Receive New Camo

Op Cam Patt right


Op Cam Patt right

The U.S. Army recently identified the major installations where the service’s new Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms will go on sale first.

The plan calls for three waves of distribution.

The first wave of uniforms will show up in July at Military Clothing Sales Stores at 19 installations including Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Campbell, Ken., Fort Lewis, Wash., Fort Benning, Ga., Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Drum N.Y., Fort Carson, Col., and Korea.

The second wave will show up in September at stores on 28 installations including the Pentagon and bases in the Washington, D.C. area, Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Knox, Ken., and Germany.

The third wave of OCP Army Combat Uniforms will show up in November at stores on 63 installations including Fort Gordon, Ga., Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Army officials said they did yet know how much the new OCP ACUs will cost, but they said it will be similar to the cost of a complete ACU in the current Universal Camouflage Pattern — $102.04, according to Lt. Col. Jesse Stalder, an Army spokesman.

Enlisted soldiers, sergeants and officers will have to buy their uniforms. Junior enlisted and sergeants receive an annual clothing allowance. Officers receive a one-time clothing allowance when commissioned.

New soldiers will be issued OCP ACUs in initial entry training beginning in January 2016, Army officials maintain.

Between July 1 and September 2019, soldiers can wear OCP uniforms, UCP uniforms and the flame-resistant uniforms in the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern.

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  • Guest

    This is exciting news. On pins and needles waiting for the new uniform to appear in my region.

  • SAM

    The name tapes should be stiched on. Velsro sucks in this location because it catches everything. I can understand where some desk jockey might prefer the velcro patches with the way they jump through units to race through the paygrades, without gaining proficiency in amy specific MOS, but the name tapes should not change too often, stitch them on, for those of us who actually work in our uniform.

    • Just a reply

      Yes, US ARMY and Name tape have been authorized for sew on for years. Also, being a “desk jocky” is what happens to some, otherwise the “knuckle draggers” wouldnt know what to do…Dude you sound jealous get over it, we all do desk job work and we all do field work…remember you selected your MOS…BTW, no one races through the paygrades. You make a lot of generalizations about a lot of issues which speaks highly of where you came/been. Haters gonna hate hate hate…i shake it off, i shake it off…

  • Guest

    Get rid of every single bit of velcro on the uniform. Velcro is an abomination on a work/combat uniform.

    • Brainard

      I’m not a Velcro fanboy, but I’d certainly rather keep at least the Velcro on the top rather than have buttons getting pressed into my chest under an IBA or IOTV

  • Eric B.

    To me Velcro on the right shoulder for unit ID speaks to the LACK of the Army’s interest in trying to create unit cohesion. Does the Velcro here mean, “Hey, I can easily change my unit designation as I float from one to the other.”

    The British army creates unit cohesion by keeping soldiers in the same unit whenever possible. They get a deep loyalty to their unit and each other. This pays off in combat. It’s the same reason SEAL teams stay together.

    • phillip

      It is better to Have Velcro then to have to pay someone to sew on a new patch when you PCS

    • MKRN

      Really…. are you serious!!

  • Stephen H. Franke

    How about a simpler course of action for our Army: just adopt the USMC’s three variant (per climate zone) versions of MARPAT field uniform, substitute a “U.S. Army” logo instead of the USMC logo ink-stamped on the top left front jacket pocket, and drive on…?

    FWIW, a number of Arab counterpart military forces in CENTCOM’s AOR have taken that route and adopted what appear to be clones of the USMC Desert MARPART, including the angular field cap (or “Utility Cover” in “Marine-speak”). Most- recent obvious example is the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG), to which I was an advisor and trainer with Vinnell Arabia back in the kingdom.

    Hope this adds to this thread. Today is Wednesday, 3 June 2015.


    Stephen H. Franke

    San Pedro, California

    • retired462

      Congress told the DOD that they wanted one uniform for all, but that fell through the cracks I reckon.
      Either that or the army ignored them, and congress forgot about it, because they (congress) went home for yet another vacation,

      • Greg

        It’ll come up again.

      • Stefan S.

        Congress? The 3 % approval rating collection of idiots? Are you serious?

  • phillip

    Sorry, I feel that the Enlisted should be given at least to sets for free. How much money does the military thing soldiers have to buy new every time the higher ups want a new cool looking uniform

    • MKRN

      I have to agree with you. Why should the enlisted have to pay for these new ACU’s. Absolutely ridiculous, too change camo’s one can barely tell the difference,,, I am sure you guys probably can more than I. But $102.04, per full set is a ridiculous price to have to spend. They should absolutely be provided, being as the ARMY is changing the criteria….

    • Guest

      But isn’t that what a phase-in is for? They’re not asking soliders to immediatly buy new sets the second they come out, but replace the uniforms they already have. 102.04 isn’t much more than the set they would have to buy anyway. I know my uniforms don’t last more than a few years anyway, and soliders have until ’19.

  • artymgysgt

    At $102.04 per set what is the minimum number of sets required to be maintained by soldiers and with all the do dads that are attached a simple field uniform can get pretty expensive for a soldier and all those Velcro attachments that are torn away by movement in brush while training or in combat leaves a trail and tells the enemy a lot about you and your unit.

    • guest

      I like your point about losing patches. I’m just a Jarhead, so I don’t understand the need for patches on a combat uniform. The enemy knows who the Americans are.

      • JEB246


    • Airborne_fister

      When we were in the field or jumping. We would strip off all patches and name tapes. Then once we landed we would put on an IR flag. Now granted they could see us from a mile away because of the color of the uniform. But in Afghanistan we only wore a flag and a call sign patch. Flag on right shoulder call sign on left.

  • msgingram

    What a bunch of B/S. The US has spent more on new uniforms than what a new carrier would cost in the last 30 years. This accomplishes nothing but spend money that should be spent elsewhere. The individual solder pays for this B/S. I usually kept at least 6 to 8 sets of uniforms and each of these changes cost me a small fortune, just to appease some idiotic general.


    5 million dollars for new uniforms, and everyone at the Pentagon and Congress keeps forgetting we got our asses kicked in 68 by a bunch of pointy heads in pajamas and flip flops. How about not wasting the money on new uniforms and spend the money on our troops for training or when they re wounded. Or better yet, spend it on new rifles, lighter armor and stuff that doesn’t need 27 different batteries to work in the field.

  • Tiggersbounce

    Not a hater, just confused. What kind of army makes their OR’s pay for uniforms? That’s just wrong. Especially after the amount of money wasted on the selection process for it.

  • Reader

    I am curious in that we have lots of ECWS Gen I-IV in grey and ACU. Does the new OCP issue include the groovy wind-jacket or the parka? While $100 for new uniforms is inevitable, if I have to replace all my cold weather gear, that could take a long time. Any skinny on that?