A couple years ago, the Army changed from the old woodland camoflage uniform to the “Army Combat Uniform” or ACU. It’s the digital camoflage, and up close it’s a set of grey squares. Studies showed that the ACU was as good as the old uniform in concealing the soldier.
There are several other advantages. The new uniform is much more comfortable. It also has spots for velcro nametapes and unit patches, which makes it easier to set up. It can be washed at home easily, so no need to send it to the cleaners to be starched like the old BDU’s (battle dress uniform, the green woodland cammo). The new uniform is also much easier to use with body armor and current combat equipment.
So this is what the ACU looks like, and a photo of me is below for your reference. This was at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin early 2008, when we went to shoot weapons for qualification.
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