Field Review: New ACU Needs Work
“When the ACU was first introduced, I was a big fan. Having lived and worked in the uniform for over in year in various field environments – including combat in Iraq – it is clear the goal has not yet been achieved. With a few changes, the Army can complete the process and ensure today’s Soldiers have a top-quality uniform ready to take them into combat.”
— Eric Coulson, US Army officer, Iraq
“USA Contracts for New Army Combat Uniforms in ACUPAT Camo” discussed the new features of the US Army’s combat uniform, and chronicles the contracts issued. In “New Army Uniform Doesn’t Measure Up,” Coulson’s review identifies a number of weak points (velcro, durability, propensity to hold dirt, fire protection, camo pattern), and suggests a number of key modifications required, including:
- A new pattern – like the “multicam” pattern being tested for Land Warrior.
- New material – Use Nomex or some other fire-retardant material instead of the 50/50 cotton-nylon blend.
- Return to sew on patches and buttons.