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U.S Army Unveils New “Operational Camouflage Pattern”: Scorpion W2 | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

U.S Army Unveils New “Operational Camouflage Pattern”: Scorpion W2

It is official. After months of speculation and rumors concerning the fate of the current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), the U. S. Army officially announced its pending replacement in an August 6th press release. The official announcement came less than a week after Army officials released images of the new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP).

Roll out of ACUs in the new pattern are expected to be available by summer of 2015, and plans are to phase in the new uniforms as current-issue items need replacing. Official retirement of UCP is slated for 2018.

Why Replace UCP?

When UCP was introduced, it was heralded as the next generation of not only camouflage but also all around combat uniform design. The green-grey pattern was considered more universal, able to be utilized in a variety of environments. The overall design included a mandarin style collar; there were pen pockets on the sleeves and hook-and-loop closure on pockets – a futuristic look for today’s soldier. Almost immediately, users complained that the “universal camo” was anything but, claiming that the pattern did not match any specific environment and blended poorly with most backgrounds. Troops recently deployed to Afghanistan were even supplied with a temporary supply of gear produced in MultiCam by Crye Precision.

The new OCP camo
The new OCP camo

What is OCP?

Operational Camouflage Pattern is, according to the Army press release, a “color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown resembling MultiCam, the pattern used by soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.” Reviews of side by side pictures of MultiCam and OCP reveal that the patterns are more than similar, they are nearly identical. The major differences between the two patterns are that OCP includes a reduction in the amount of beige and brown patches, and it does not include the vertical branch design present in the MultiCam version.

While OCP is being developed as a base pattern for use in all combatant commands, as well as in garrison, the Army has also stated it will be part of a “family” of patterns. Plans include providing darker jungle-woodland and lighter desert variants. This move will be a familiar return to past practice of having a basic woodland pattern for everyday use and a desert pattern authorized when mission necessary.

Cost Savings

It is no coincidence that OCP, referred to as Scorpion W2 during previous testing, closely resembles MultiCam. MultiCam was reportedly a first choice with Army leadership, however, negotiations with Crye Precision failed to reach a cost acceptable to both parties. Instead, the Army decided to select Scorpion W2, also developed by Crye Precision but the rights to which were already owned by the Army, a move which will save the Army considerable licensing costs.

Additional cost savings may be achieved through the continued use of wearable items, such as Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment and Outer Tactical Vests, which would be dyed coyote brown. This would allow large inventories of UCP gear to remain in service rather than surplus as has happened during previous changes. Furthermore, it has been reported that officials are investigating the possibility of carrying out the dying process utilizing portable technology most likely at larger supply depots rather than the more costly process of sending equipment back to manufacturers for modification.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

3 thoughts on “U.S Army Unveils New “Operational Camouflage Pattern”: Scorpion W2

  1. Wait, so in the Army’s quest for a universal uniform to replace woodland and desert uniforms, they adopt a middle of the road palate with intentions to add a woodland and desert variant of the universal uniform? WTF??!!

    How is it possible the Army replaced two uniforms, with three in order to create a universal uniform?

    They have spent billions of dollars on research and gear over the last 10 years only to adopt a pattern they had prior to even selecting UCP. This whole process is so asinine, you couldn’t have made it up.

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