The U.S. Army Combat Uniform will see changes to more than just its camouflage pattern in the next year.
With the rollout of the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, the uniforms will see new boots, belts and undershirts, according to Army Times.
The new personal gear, expected to roll out this summer, is darker to better match the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. Current lighter colors of the maligned gray Universal Camouflage Pattern would provide stark contrast to the new pattern.
Perhaps most visible: the default Desert Tan boots of today will give way to Coyote Brown 498. The darker color will blend better in a wider variety of environments, according to Program Executive Office Soldier. Coyote brown also does not show dirt or wear as easily as today’s tan boots.
The T-shirt worn under the combat uniform and the belt will shift from Desert Tan colors to Tan 499, which also skews slightly darker, to better compliment the pattern.
For more on the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, please visit ArmyTimes.com.
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