A reader tips me off to this.:
04 May 05 – The camouflage pattern of the ACU has changed slightly to a darker green as requested by Department of the Army. This change will affect the release of the ACU commercially and reduce the number of uniforms available to military units preparing for deployment. We can no longer guarantee a shipping date of 22 June due these manufacturing and production date changes.
It’s unclear to me whether this change to a darker green has just been made in the military version (which pushes commercial sets back), or if it was made before adopting the military version and is just “new” news to the commercial sector.