Guidelines for OCP Patches Now Available

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates


According to a statement made by air force officials last week, unit patches for the OCP, or Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms “will be limited to just four colors.” These colors are black, olive drab, spice brown, and Bagby green.

Patches will be created using each unit’s “approved Air Force emblem,” as stated by Capt. Carrie Volpe. Units who wish to change their current emblem must contact their supervisor or unit commander so they can “consult the base’s installation historian” to get the process started. Ideas for new emblem designs may be submitted by anyone – as long as it is through their typical chain of command.

While the OCP has been approved for wear since October 1, it will not be mandatory for airmen until April 1, 2021. On the OCP, officer rank and enlisted rank insignia will be spice brown, with the exception of first lieutenant and lieutenant colonel insignia – those will be black. Patches in the approved colors “will follow suit.”

The old ABU and new OCP uniforms are not to be mixed and matched “in any way.”

To provide personnel with further guidance on how to wear the new uniform, the air force updated its Air Force Instruction 36-2903 for “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel” in July. A comprehensive list of guidelines for wearing the OCP can be found in the AFI.

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