Airmen May Wear Present Patches with New OCP Uniforms

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates


While the Air Force continues to phase in the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform, it wants to remind airmen who already wear the uniform that “they can wear their current subdued patches until new patches are manufactured” using the approved color schemes. The approved color schemes are spice brown, Bagby green, olive drab and black.

The patch reminder came in the form of an announcement made by the service last month. It included several other reminders as well, such as the following:

  • The U.S. flag patch and higher headquarters patches are mandatory.
  • Both patches may be worn in their current iterations until the subdued, spice brown versions are complete.
  • Airmen are permitted to wear “a maximum of two patches.”

In addition to the above reminders, the service also made updates to its Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” in July to provide airmen with guidance on how to wear the OCP.

The uniform was approved for full-time wear beginning on October 1, 2018, and the service expects to have all airmen wear the OCP by April 1, 2021.

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