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Army OCP “Scorpion”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row layout=”normal” margintop=”0″ marginbottom=”0″ paddingtop=”30″ paddingbottom=”30″ bg_color=”#dfddc5″ border_width=”0″ border_color=”#e8e8e8″ bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” bg_parallax=”false” video_bg=”false” video_quality=”default” vid_opacity=”70″ video_overlay_opac=”70″ row_font_color=”#ffffff” row_id=”intro”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]Scorpion TestingAlthough the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) required the Department of Defense to choose a single camouflage pattern to span all branches of the military, the hunt for the ideal camo has been going on far longer. And though some believe the search reaches back to 2010’s Camouflage Improvement Effort (CIE) – which was the Army’s competition meant to result in the selection of a new pattern – this journey has actually stretched out for more than a decade. In 2004, as the Iraq war ramped up, the Army adopted a new Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP): Digital camouflage. The UCP cost more than $5 billion to create, was not properly tested, and failed to do its job in a variety of environments. After the price tag was revealed to the public, a single anonymous statement was made claiming the creation of the pattern as actually in the millions, not billions, and the inflated cost made public included uniforms purchased to date as opposed to pattern creation alone. Regardless, the creation and immediate issue of UCP wasn’t only a failure in monetary costs; it would not be a stretch to say the unpopular pixelated pattern cost American lives.

The Army announced they’d made their selection on July 31, 2014: a new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP), known as Scorpion W2. The new OCP is a vast improvement over the old UCP, but there has been some debate regarding its resemblance to what will soon be the former OCP, Multicam. Those debates have also led to speculation of why the Army didn’t simply go with Multicam. And, of course, there are questions being raised regarding how these changes will affect the rest of the military’s uniform. Consider this your USPT Guide to Scorpion W2.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_id=”WhatIsScorpionW2″ layout=”normal” margintop=”0″ marginbottom=”0″ paddingtop=”30″ paddingbottom=”30″ border_width=”0″ border_color=”#e8e8e8″ bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” bg_parallax=”false” video_bg=”false” video_quality=”default” vid_opacity=”70″ video_overlay_opac=”70″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]

What is Scorpion W2?

Multicam on left, Scorpion in center, UCP on right

Multicam on left, Scorpion in center, UCP on right

Scorpion W2 can trace its roots to 2002, when Crye Precision created the original version. The first Scorpion was created by Crye as part of the Objective Force Warrior (OFW) program of 1999. OFW was simply a newer incarnation of older programs and the precursor to the Future Force Warrior (FFW) program. Crye created a number of clothing and armor components during OFW; really, the company carried the program on its back. And when it came to patterns, Scorpion was a standout, one resulting in a number of variations including Multicam, which the Army adopted as its new OCP in 2009. So why didn’t the Army go with Multicam for its new all-encompassing uniform pattern?

When the aforementioned CIE was reported to have resulted in a winning pattern in 2012, but the year came and went without results, Congress got involved in pushing the Department of Defense to choose a pattern. Significant amounts of money had been poured into camouflage, and the indecision needed to come to an end. So when Congress passed the 2014 NDAA, requiring a new pattern be chosen – and fully implemented across the board by 2018 – the Army did, indeed, go after Multicam. In fact, the language of the act made it clear Congress feels the proliferation and fuss over various camouflage patterns for different branches of the military is more about specific branding than actual concealment. Furthermore, the language of the 2015 NDAA has kept this provision in place, preventing various branches from future “branding” of themselves with unique patterns.

MulticamMulticam couldn’t be the easy answer, because it is owned by Crye, with all the related fees and royalties. The price tag set by Crye on the Army’s taking over rights to Multicam was $25 million, and there was an additional printing fee which would have balanced out to approximately 1 percent of the 20 percent cost increase uniform companies planned to charge for making Multicam for the Army. As a result, it became financially unwise to proceed with Multicam, so the Army set out to create their own pattern.

Here’s the tricky part: the original Scorpion was created during OFW, meaning it was done under a military contract. Because of that, the Army does own the intellectual rights to the pattern. However, Army Natick Labs altered the pattern until it closely resembles Multicam; it’s worth noting Crye has a legal team devoted to handling Multicam clones. At the time of publication, Crye had no comment regarding Scorpion W2 and its similarities to Multicam.

The ways Scorpion W2 varies from Multicam are fairly basic, but the fact remains differences exist. Multicam is darker overall and made up of thicker splashes of color, and those colors include vertical elements meant to more closely resemble blades of grass. Scorpion is lighter and made up of smaller areas of horizontal color. Specifically, the new OCP will be made with the following colors in accordance with MIL-DTL-44436B: cream 524, tan 535, pale green 526, olive 527, dark green 528, brown 529, and dark brown 530. The dye process starts with a cream 524 base color with the other colors printed on with rollers or screens, and while previous OCPs have been Class 9 and 10, the new OCP is Class 14. When examined by yardage, the pattern extends 60” in width and begins to repeat every 25”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_id=”ArmyCombatUniformChanges” layout=”normal” margintop=”0″ marginbottom=”0″ paddingtop=”30″ paddingbottom=”30″ border_width=”0″ border_color=”#e8e8e8″ bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” bg_parallax=”false” video_bg=”false” video_quality=”default” vid_opacity=”70″ video_overlay_opac=”70″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]

Army Combat Uniform (ACU) Changes

ACUs will be changing along with the OCP and personal gear shade of brown. Currently approved changes to ACUs include, from the top down:

  • Scorpion UniNew upper-sleeve pocket closure. Velcro is currently used to close the pocket and will be replaced with zippers for simplicity’s sake as well as security.
  • New length of upper-sleeve pocket. The new pockets will be approximately 1” longer not only for internal storage but to allow for more patches on the outside.
  • Changes to elbows. Internal elbow pads and external Velcro elbow patches found on the current ACUs will not be included on the new ACUs. The Army has deemed these features a waste of money and also believes them to be useless in the field. Material over the elbows will continue to be doubled and reinforced.
  • Change to cargo pocket closure. The current ACUs feature a cord-and-barrel lock over the cargo pocket; new ACUs will have none.
  • Changes to knees. Current ACUs have knee pads and patches; new ACUS will have neither, but will continue to be reinforced.
  • New lower-leg pocket closure. Like the upper-sleeve pocket, the lower-leg pocket on current ACUs has a Velcro closure. On the new ACUs the lower-leg pocket will be closed by a single button.

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Boot Changes

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As part of the new Scorpion W2 uniform boots will change from their current coloring of Desert Tan to Coyote Brown. Boot specifications are as follows:

  • Boot leather is to be flesh-out cattle hide dyed to Coyote 498
  • Any and all fabric components must also be dyed Coyote 498
  • Box toe and heel counter must be a minimum of 1.5” with larger sizes allowed as the boot size goes up
  • Shank or equivalent support must be used at the midfoot with the following measurements as the guide: for a size 10R or equivalent, shank must be a minimum of 4” long and 5/8” wide, conforming to size of the last with changes in measurements in accordance with changes in boot size.
  • If the cushion midsole is externally visible it must be dyed Coyote 498
  • Outersole must be rubber or pure polyether polyurethane. Entire outersole, including identification plug, must be Coyote 498
  • Sole height must not exceed 2” in total, measured from the bottom edge of the outersole to the top of the upper immediately above.
  • Internal boot height must be between 8” and 10” when measured with the insole insert, removed from the back on the inside of the boot. External measurement of boot height must not exceed 11”. Height may adjust within those parameters according to boot size.
  • Boots must have internal manufacturer’s product number. External labelling is allowed as long as it matches all external components in color.
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Gear Changes

Along with the new Scorpion W2 pattern are changes to personal gear. Included in those changes are darkening of the t-shirt to be worn beneath the combat uniform; it will be Tan 499 instead of the lighter Desert Tan, and belts will also be dyed this darker shade. It follows gloves would also be dyed this new shade. The darker shade of brown not only complements the new OCP but also shows less dirt and is thought to blend more fully into a variety of terrain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_id=”WhatCanYouWear” layout=”normal” margintop=”0″ marginbottom=”0″ paddingtop=”30″ paddingbottom=”30″ border_width=”0″ border_color=”#e8e8e8″ bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” bg_parallax=”false” video_bg=”false” video_quality=”default” vid_opacity=”70″ video_overlay_opac=”70″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]

What Can You Wear?

3 uniforms are authorized for wear starting 1 July 2015

  • Current UCP ACUs
  • OCP Multicam – Operational Enduring Freedom camo pattern
  • OCP Scorpion – New Scorpion camo pattern

Wearout date for everyone to be in an OCP uniform is 30 September 2019

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OCPOCP Scorpion Uniform

  • Boots – Coyote and Sand
  • Belts – Coyote and Sand
  • Undershirts – Coyote and Sand
  • Everything will be coyote as of 30 September 2019

MCCOCP Multicam Uniform

  • Boots – Coyote and Sand
  • Belts – Coyote and Sand
  • Undershirts – Coyote and Sand
  • Can’t wear after 30 September 2019

ACUUCP ACU Uniform

  • Shows what can be worn with uniform
  • Boots – Sand
  • Belts –  Sand
  • Undershirts – Sand
  • Can’t wear after 30 September 2019

As soldiers stock up on the new OCP uniforms and phase out their old digital camo, questions will come up about what they can wear and how they will wear it.

Soldiers want to know that before the 2019 wear-out date for the Universal Camouflage Pattern. So the Army has put out answers to some questions soldiers are asking.

If you have more questions than these, see your chain of command for guidance, says Army G-1 spokesman Paul Prince.

1. When wearing the OCP uniform, do my undershirt, belt and boots have to match?     

Answer: No. There is no requirement that the undershirt, belt, and boots must match. Each of these items may be either color. (According to the Army, this question was most frequently asked).

2. Which U.S. flag is worn on the OCP uniform?

A.: The wear guidance for wear of the U.S. flag is the same for all camouflage patterns of the ACU. AR 670-1, para 21-18 states: “All Soldiers will wear the full-color U.S. flag embroidered insignia on utility and organizational uniforms, unless deployed or in a field environment. Soldiers will wear the subdued tactical flag insignia while deployed or in a field environment.”

3. Can I wear my green fleece or UCP cold weather gear with the OCP?

A.: Yes. There is no requirement for issued Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment such as wet-weather gear and Extended Cold Weather Clothing System items to be of the same camouflage pattern as the uniform worn. Wear guidance for OCIE is established by the issuing command, and all items that have been issued are permitted for wear in accordance with locally established policies regardless of camouflage pattern.

4. Is the ACU-Female available in the OCP also?

A.: Yes. The ACU-Female is available in the OCP and will be stocked in all sizes at AAFES Military Clothing Sales Stores. The sizes of the ACU-Female are designed to better fit the female body type. All soldiers, male or female, have this option available to them in order to purchase the best fitting uniform for their frame.

5. I was issued mountain boots at Rapid Fielding Initiative. Are these authorized for wear with the OCP uniform?

A.: Yes. Commander may authorize the wear of the mountain combat boots issued at RFI for wear with OEF-CP and OCP. The Mountain Combat Boots will not be replaced once unserviceable. Soldiers are still required to obtain the required quantity of clothing bag boots that are IAW DA PAM 670-1.

6. Am I allowed to sew my name tape, U.S. Army tape, rank and badges on the OCP uniform?

A.: Yes. Soldiers are permitted to sew the name tape, U.S. Army tape, rank, and all authorized badges on all camouflage patterns: UCP, OEF-CP, and OCP. If worn, badges must be all sewn on or all pinned on; soldiers are not authorized to mix sew-on badges with pin-on badges. When personnel sew on badges, the following must also be sewn on the ACU coat: name tape, U.S. Army tape, and grade insignia. If a nametape, U.S. Army tape or grade insignia is sewn on, then personnel must sew all three of these items on the uniform coat. This requirement does not apply to the patrol cap. If soldiers choose to sew on U.S. Army name tape, rank or authorized skill badges, it will be at their own expense.

7. What do I do if the uniform I purchased has a defect?

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Who Gets It First?

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Transition Details

New OCP Uniform Fielding UpdateALARACT 085/2015

DTG: R 012016Z JUN 15

UNCLAS

SUBJ/ALARACT 085/2015 – TRANSITION TO OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ARMY COMBAT UNIFORM (ACU) ENSEMBLE

THIS ALARACT MESSAGE HAS BEEN TRANSMITTED BY USAITA ON BEHALF OF HQDA DCS G-4//DALO-SUT//

(U) REFERENCES.

A. ARMY POSTURE STATEMENT, 2013

B. ARMY CAMPAIGN PLAN, 2013

C. AR 670-1, 10 APRIL 2015

D. DA PAM 670-1, 10 APRIL 2015

E. HOUSE REPORT 111-151, SEPTEMBER 2009

1. (U) THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE TRANSITION FROM THE UNIVERSAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN AND OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU TO THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU. THIS MESSAGE ALSO PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON THE WEAR OF THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU ENSEMBLE AS APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY OF ARMY AND CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY ON 1 MAY 2014. POLICY CONTAINED IN THIS MESSAGE IS EFFECTIVE 1 JULY 2015. PREVIOUSLY GRANTED EXCEPTIONS TO POLICY FOR WEAR OF THE OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN UNIFORM OUTSIDE OF COMBAT AREAS OF OPERATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT.

2. (U) DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD, SOLDIERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR ANY OF THE THREE CAMOUFLAGE PATTERNS OF THE ACU (UNIVERSAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN, AND THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN). ALL COMPONENTS OF THE UNIFORM MUST BE OF THE SAME CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED IN THIS MESSAGE. COMMANDERS WILL NOT REQUIRE SOLDIERS TO PURCHASE SPECIFIC UNIFORM ITEMS PRIOR TO THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 10 BELOW.

3. (U) THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU ENSEMBLE CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

3.A. COAT
3.B. TROUSERS
3.C. UNDERSHIRT (TAN 499)
3.D. BELT, RIGGER (TAN 499)
3.E. DRAWERS (TAN 499)
3.F. SOCKS, TAN, GREEN OR BLACK, CUSHION SOLE
3.G. BOOTS, COMBAT, COYOTE COLOR
3.H. HEADGEAR

4. (U) ACU WEAR POLICY. THERE IS NO CHANGE TO CURRENT WEAR POLICY (AR 670-1) EXCEPT AS NOTED BELOW.

4.A. DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD, CLOTHING INITIAL ISSUE POINTS ARE AUTHORIZED TO CONTINUE TO ISSUE TO INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING SOLDIERS THE TAN/SAND COLORED UNDERGARMENTS WITH THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU. SOLDIERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE SAND UNDERSHIRT; WHITE, TAN OR BROWN DRAWERS; SAND RIGGER BELT; AND TAN COMBAT BOOTS WITH THE OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND/OR OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU COAT AND TROUSERS. THE TAN 499 UNDERSHIRT, TAN 499 RIGGER BELT, AND COYOTE COMBAT BOOTS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE UNIVERSAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN COAT AND TROUSERS.

4.B. THE EXCEPTIONS OUTLINED ABOVE ALSO APPLIES TO THE COMBAT VEHICLE CREWMAN UNIFORM, MECHANIC COVERALLS, AND THE ARMY AIRCREW COMBAT UNIFORM (A2CU).

5. (U) INSIGNIA AND ACCOUTERMENTS WORN ON THE ACU MUST BE OF THE CORRESPONDING CAMOUFLAGES PATTERN COLOR. THE BACKGROUND MATERIAL OF NAME TAPES, SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA, TABS, GRADE INSIGNIA, FORMER WARTIME SERVICE, AND SEW-ON BADGES WILL MATCH THE CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN OF THE UNIFORM.

6. (U) THE RAPID FIELDING INITIATIVE WILL CONTINUE TO ISSUE SOLDIERS FLAME RESISTANT ARMY COMBAT UNIFORMS IN THE OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN UNTIL INVENTORIES ARE EXHAUSTED.

7. (U) THE ARMY’S PLAN TO TRANSITION TO THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU STARTING 1 JULY 2015 AND END 1 OCTOBER 2019. THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU WILL BE AVAILABLE AS FOLLOWS:

7.A. (U) IN ARMY MILITARY CLOTHING STORES (AMCS) BY INSTALLATION IAW THE ENCLOSED APPENDIX. DA FORM 3078 PERSONAL CLOTHING REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU UNTIL JANUARY 2016. EXCEPTIONS TO POLICY PRIOR TO THE START DATE WILL ONLY BE GRANTED BY THE CLOTHING AND SERVICES OFFICE.

7.B. AT THE CLOTHING INITIAL ISSUE POINT LOCATIONS FOR INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING SOLDIERS IN 2QFY16.

7.C. FOR SOLDIERS (ACTIVE DUTY AND UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE (USAR)) ON ORDERS TO PERFORM DRILL SERGEANT DUTIES AND ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL TRAINING PLATOON SERGEANTS ARE AUTHORIZED TO OBTAIN THEIR SUPPLEMENTAL ISSUE OF THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU FROM THEIR LOCAL AMCS BEGINNING ON 15 DECEMBER 2015 (1QFY16) AND HAVE 90 DAYS TO DRAW THEIR SUPPLEMENTAL ISSUE IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMMON TABLE ALLOWANCES 50-900, TABLE NUMBER 3.

7.D. AT THE CLOTHING CENTRAL DISTRIBUTION FACILITY AT THE KENTUCKY LOGISTICS OPERATIONS CENTER FOR ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, USAR, AND SENIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS IN 4QFY16.

8. (U) THE WEAR OUT DATE FOR THE UNIVERSAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU IS 30 SEPTEMBER 2019.

9. (U) THE MANDATORY POSSESSION DATE FOR THE OPERATIONAL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN ACU IS 1 OCTOBER 2019.

10. (U) HQDA G-1 POC FOR UNIFORM WEAR POLICY IS SGM EVA COMMONS, DSN: 312-225-5473, COMMERCIAL: (703) 695-5473, OR E-MAIL: EVA.M.COMMONS.MIL@MAIL.MIL. HQDA G-4 POC IS MAJ DANNY PADELLO, DSN: 224-2718, COMMERCIAL: (703) 614-2718, OR E-MAIL: DANIEL.E.PADELLO.MIL@MAIL.MIL.

11. (U) THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED BY THE ARMY G-1 AND ARMY G-4.

12. (U) THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-1 IS THE PROPONENT OF WEAR AND APPEARANCE OF ARMY UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA POLICY AND WILL INCORPORATE THE GUIDANCE IN THIS MESSAGE INTO REFERENCE D BY 1 JULY 2015.

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Public Release

According to Army Spokesman William Layer, the issue of commercial use of Scorpion W2 is “still under internal Army discussion.” However, a rep from Propper stated last month he believes there will be a commercial allowance for the new OCP, it will just be a ways down the road. It makes sense the new OCP would eventually be made available commercially, we just do not know when it will occur.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_id=”WhoWillMakeIt” layout=”normal” margintop=”0″ marginbottom=”0″ paddingtop=”30″ paddingbottom=”30″ border_width=”0″ border_color=”#e8e8e8″ bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” bg_parallax=”false” video_bg=”false” video_quality=”default” vid_opacity=”70″ video_overlay_opac=”70″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]

Who Will Make It?

Propper is a major military uniform distributor; over the years they’ve manufactured more than 130 million uniforms for the DoD. And although the 48-year-old company does not currently have a contract with the Army for combat uniforms, the new OCP may create enough demand to create an opportunity. The company is currently a sub-contractor in a non-sewing capacity for multiple ACU contracts. In addition they are preparing to launch 670-1 compliant boots in 2015.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_id=”TheBottomLine” layout=”normal” margintop=”0″ marginbottom=”0″ paddingtop=”30″ paddingbottom=”30″ border_width=”0″ border_color=”#e8e8e8″ bg_attachment=”scroll” bg_repeat=”repeat” bg_stretch=”false” bg_parallax=”false” video_bg=”false” video_quality=”default” vid_opacity=”70″ video_overlay_opac=”70″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”top-to-bottom”]

The Bottom Line

The decision has been made: Scorpion W2 is the new OCP for the Army, replacing Multicam. We expect to see the new pattern early this coming summer and will keep you updated as advances are made in production. Whether or not the changes to the pattern and resulting changes to the ACUs means current regs will be updated again is not known at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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