Air Force officials have announced that the service will be adopting the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, for its new single combat utility uniforms upon receiving feedback that it is the “best, battle-tested utility uniform available.”
The new OCP uniforms for airmen will feature name tape and lettering in a spice brown color, as well as tan T-shirts and belts. Most ranks will be in spice brown colored thread. Considerable work has been made to accommodate sizing concerns as well, particularly for women.
Rollout of the new uniforms will begin on October 1, 2018. Airmen who already own OCPs may wear them, and those who don’t will be able to purchase them with their increased clothing allowances from the following Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina; Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; and MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Uniforms will continue to be rolled out slowly, throughout October 2019, and the service will fully transition to OCPs by April 1, 2021.