US Tries Out British Camo in Afghanistan

MultiCam pattern could replace current digital one
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 10:35 AM CST
A British troop demonstrates a "Multicam" uniform similar to the one US troops will soon try out.   (British Ministry of Defense)

(Newser) – US troops could soon be mistaken for their across-the-pond counterparts: The US is now testing out uniforms with a camouflage pattern similar to the one the British announced they were using last week. The "MultiCam" uniform is being tested by one infantry regiment in eastern Afghanistan, and if successful could replace the current digital Universal Camouflage pattern.

One sergeant currently testing the new uniform says he thinks it’s superior to the digital pattern, which he says doesn't blend into the terrain as well as the non-digital MultiCam one, and doesn’t mind being mistaken for an Englishman. “I’ve worked a lot with the Brits,” he tells Stars and Stripes. “It’s not like the Afghans know the difference.” The common uniform could even be tactically beneficial, he adds, since the Taliban wouldn’t be able to use any knowledge of a particular nation’s standard operating procedures.

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