US Army to use MultiCam in Afghanistan

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Solider Systems reports

LTC Cummings of the Army Public Affairs Office has confirmed that the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh approved a plan today to begin the fielding of MultiCam uniforms and individual equipment as soon as possible

MultiCam in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Feb. 6, 2010. (Thanks to Lance for the pic)
Steve Johnson
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  • HAWKE HAWKE on May 24, 2010

    im a big fan of the ACU, the Multicam i admit is a good choice for the woods but for thos who have been to afghanistan they'll know that ya its got green but it also has alot of sand and rocks (rocks are not green!!) for those who havent seen pics of US soldiers in afghanistan , go ahead and search you'll see that ACU does a very good job , in blending for desert and i would say afghanistan terrain, to me i dont like Multicam as a standard unform of the army i mean look at the soldiers in multicam the look like they're goin on a hike , the boots are not even military boots , they are boots you but at the mall for hiking trips, u see what im sayin , a soldier doesnt look like a soldier anymore, but thats my opinion ..

  • D D on Jan 07, 2011

    "im a big fan of the ACU, the Multicam i admit is a good choice for the woods but for thos who have been to afghanistan they’ll know that ya its got green but it also has alot of sand and rocks (rocks are not green!!)"

    Anybody who has worn multicam in theater will know which pattern is better. Any combat soldier that has deployed in combat operations will have a opinion that contradicts yours.

    "for those who havent seen pics of US soldiers in afghanistan , go ahead and search you’ll see that ACU does a very good job , in blending for desert and i would say afghanistan terrain"

    IF ACU is doing such a wonderful job, then why aren't special forces troops and SOCOM wearing the pattern? they spend more time outside the wire than anybody else. The UCP is terrible in afghanistan. Its greyish-green colors camouflage poorly in arid regions and green valleys in afghanistan. The quality of uniforms is also poor, as they tear easily, especially after becoming wet and dirty. Grey was phased out of military forces after World War I because it was found that green and brown works better. How did the army take a step back after a century of camouflage research? ignorance.

    "to me i dont like Multicam as a standard unform of the army i mean look at the soldiers in multicam the look like they’re goin on a hike , the boots are not even military boots , they are boots you but at the mall for hiking trips"

    and this is the very frame of mind that leads to failures on the combat zone...when it matters the most. What looks pretty in garrison is utterly useless when one has to track down determined taliban fighters in one of the most inhospitable regions on earth. Your opinion is shortsighted to say the least.

    "u see what im sayin , a soldier doesnt look like a soldier anymore, but thats my opinion ."

    I would rather a soldier look like a hiker with loose, comfortable, warm clothing and civilian hiking boots if he can defeat any enemy on the planet than a soldier dressed in a "cool-looking" uniform but is utterly useless in combat. When you are in a firefight with opposing forces 0-1000 meters between one another, the last thing enemies care about is what kind of footwear or jacket you are wearing. Anybody who has hiked through afghanistan carrying a full battle load will attest that one cannot chase taliban with spit shined black leather boots. If civilian-looking hiking boots allow me to march day and night in any weather versus pretty military ones, guess which ones im wearing...

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