Air Force Adopts the Army’s OCP

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Task & Purpose

The Air Force has adopted the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern and plans to phase out the current Airman Battle Uniforms for the OCP over the next 30 months. Airmen enlisted in the Air Force will be able to begin wearing the new OCP uniform on October 1, when they will receive an additional $20 allowance for the new uniform. In the months leading up, officials will develop guidelines for wearing the uniform—from headgear to heraldry patches to when they will be allowed to roll up their sleeves.

Uniforms will be available for purchase at the following Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores: MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina; Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; and Aviano Air Base, Italy.

In April 2019, more AAFES stores will begin selling the new uniform. In October 2019, the Air Force will begin supplying the OCP uniform at basic military training and training programs for officers.

The main differences between the Army and Air Force versions of the OCP are that the Air Force patches and rank insignias will be spice brown, apart from the first lieutenant and lieutenant colonel ranks—as they will be back. New uniforms will also include tan undershirts and socks, as well as coyote brown boots. By June 2020, all airmen will be expected to wear the new coyote brown boots, and by April 2021, the new uniform in its entirety will be mandatory.

Costs for the uniform updates will be about $237 million over the three-year transition period.

The Navy and Marine Corps, on the other hand, will continue wearing their original camouflage uniforms, instead of adopting the OCP.

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