Back in May I posted on a notice at Camo-Store.com about a change in the shade of green in the Army’s new ACU. Recently, this comment was left on the post:
The camo pattern was changed as a request from PEO (basically the guys that actually do the testing for Department of the Army).
The Uniform was approved for wear but THE CAMO PATTERN never gained approval from PEO and Department of the Army. DA (Department of the Army) ordered the ACU into production with the grey-er version of the ACU while camo patterns were still being evaluated. 2 million uniforms were produced using this pattern for units deploying to OEF/OIF in FY05.
The reasoning is that the brass wanted the uniform on the street for wide-scale evaluation before approving a final camo pattern. Now the green-er camo pattern, called “foliage”, is approved. Therefore production was delayed because of the changes.
We offered a pre-order based on the original information provided by the maker. We have received an initial supply of ACUs in the grey-er patterns and they have been shipped. However we only received a fraction of what we were promised due to the camo changes. The new uniform should be out by July to the military with a 90-120 delay to the civilian market. [edited slightly for readability]
The commenter is from the Camo Store, and he invites us to keep an eye on them for more news. Here’s the link to their ACU page.