US Army Scorpion Pattern... Back to the Future!

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    Army selects new camo pattern | Army Times | armytimes.com
    What is Scorpion? What is Multicam and how did this all happen?
    Well we need to hit the Way back machine. Going back to 2002
    in 2004 the Us army was working on Land Warrior. The US Army's soldier system, Now most of the Time we Think of Land warrior We Think of the Digital goodies. And the early generations were just that.
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    Now Land Warrior was a program in three parts. Land Warrior which was meant to be the ready to go version. The second Phase was the "Future Force Warrior" which was a intermediate Technology program. In other words this would be technologies that were not quite ready yet but given a few years. and Finally the 2025 Warrior which is all dream technologies, stuff that might be ready by well 2025.
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    now in the Future force warrior one of the dreams was a camouflage uniform. The Army wanted to save money and issue a single pattern that could cover as many areas of battle as possible. a Uniform that could be warn in the Artic, the Jungle, the Desert, the beach, the Cities, the Mountains and then some.
    And the Winner IS.... or was announced in 2004
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    All Around Brush
    this pattern was the most effective of the Trials. The Third place winner was Scorpion pattern a Joint form Crye Precision and the Natick soldier center the other two rounded it out with a pattern called Urban Track scored the Worst. Universal Camouflage pattern Was not in the trials.
    So where did it come form? well Take a look at Urban Track
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    now Compare.
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    That's right They used Urbantrack's Color on a Marpat based Screen.

    Now a Personal Admission When the Us army First Announced the ACU the much younger more Naive me thought the pattern might be of use or even just be a Urban pattern. I was caught up in it's coolness. then I saw Multicam and though it would be the real pattern of issue. As Time as Gone by I have realized the foolishness of my younger self.

    I was not the only one to realize the Folly of there Selection. UCP quickly became recignized as epic Fail even becoming one of the first of the great memes.
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    In 2009 The Army had a learned the Failings Of UCP. they began experimenting. they started out with a rather simplistic answer add another color.
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    UCP delta was created by adding Coyote brown to the mix this color was liberally mixed in in hopes that through this impregnation the counselling effects would be bolstered. it did have the desired effect by but only to a limited degree, And Compounding the Army's troubles by this point Congress had stepped in.
    The Army decided to move in four parts.
    Phase 1 consisted of field testing of Fire resistant uniforms. these were issued to two battalions in a mix of type UCP, UCP-Delta and Multicam.
    Phase 2 consisted of expanded trials. with a team infiltrated into Afghanistan to test a series of patterns won on both uniform and Armor. included was UCP, Multicam, UPC Delta with UCP, Mirage ( a commercial pattern)
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    Desert Brush.
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    And Finally AOR-2 (NAvy Work Uniform with Ranger Green armor)
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    Phase III Expanded on this adding more camouflage types. the Data form this trial concluded that Camouflage types Tailored to there Environment worked the best it also showed that as a Over all Camo Multicam worked well in Afghanistan.
    They tested across four terrain types.
    In Rocky Desert terrain

    1st Place Multicam
    2nd Place USMC Woodland MARPAT Digital
    3rd Place Woodland Digital

    In Mountainous Terrain testing

    1st Place Tie Multicam and U.S. Navy AOR-Universal both tested equal
    2nd Place Woodland Scorpion
    3rd Place U.S. Navy AOR-2

    Cropland/Woodland tests

    1st Place Woodland Digital
    2nd Place U.S. Navy AOR-2
    3rd Place USMC Woodland MARPAT Digital

    Sandy Desert Terrain tests

    1st Place DCU Digital
    2nd Place U.S. Navy AOR-1
    3rd Place Desert Brush
    4th Place USMC Desert MARPAT

    Phase VI was begun to down select. the Army started with requirements for each entry form each maker to include three to Four variants One Transitional, One Woodland, One Desert and one optional for personal equipment.
    The Goverment originally offered a number of patterns it owned but in the end withdrew them in favor of four commercial patterns. Four Entries were Down selected. These Entries were
    ADS/Hyper stealth who was the only entry to take the Personal Equipment option,
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    Brookwood
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    Crye Precision
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    And Kryptex
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    The Army down selected to Crye precision. However The army wanted to own the pattern. They belived that the material printers were over charging them and thought that they could save some money by buying out Crye precision. Crye had already licensed and sold the rights to any number of makers and nations for there national use, And Crye reasoned that the additional costs would not disappear and over the long run Crye needed it's cash cow. Negotiations broke down.

    The Army stopped talking and then today they started whispering. And a ghost form the past returned,
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    Well kiddies Back to the Future Forward to the past!
    Those who read my postings on the Army camo wars might remember the term "Bookend Patterns".
    What is a bookend pattern? well my A bookend pattern is meant for use in the specific areas. "Bookending" a pattern is nothing new and been around for a while in the 1940's the US Army experimented with "Frogskin" A blotch type pattern that was printed for a reversible uniform.
    One side was browns the other greens and brown this allowed it some degree of camouflage and could by reversing the uniform be changed form woodland to desert.
    Remember Scorpion is a Jack of all trades pattern it's meant to work in as many places as possible but by doing so it's less effective in each. To Counter this the Army originally called for all Phase IV entries to be "Families" of patterns. This would mean that Entry's was not one camo set but a number each tailored to a specific environment. The easiest way to make book end is change the colors.
    in Example
    John Wayne Dense Tiger stripe for Woodland
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    Desert Tiger for well self explanatory.
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    But that Doesn't always create a effective pattern. you also have to consider the Orientation of clutter and density of the surroundings. Jungle are vertical, trees go up there leaves hang down they are also dense, Deserts are Horizontal there very open and spacial.

    Crye Precision's Multicam took the win in the Phase IV and had they worked a deal the US Army would have adopted the Multicam family but then when negotiations fell apart the Army seems to have lost it's bookends.
    Now this morning Soldier systems Daily blog posted that the US army is now going to Evaluate MARPAT Woodland/MARPAT Desert against M81 Woodland and DCU desert pattern.
    Now why?
    First look at the patterns.

    Digital MARPAT
    woodland
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    desert
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    vs
    "Analog"
    M81
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    DCU
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    Now this is odd. I find it odd because, The Marines pretty much started a War with the Navy to restrict Use of there Desert pattern which resembles Marpat Desert, They are also highly protective of their pattern. Second Marpat is a second generation digital pattern a direct evolution of CAPAT, It was the second of the trend of "Digital" (pixelated) patterns. infact the color way of Marpat desert is a slightly modified version of a rejected Canadian color way.
    Since then There have been substantial improvements to Digital patterns.

    Second Reason this is odd is it's looking at two older Analog patterns. DCU is a 3 colored translation of M81 into a desert pattern it first came into issue replacing "Chocolate Chips" Pattern Camo in 1989. M81 was introduced in 1981 and is a modification of ERDL pattern form the 1970's.

    The Third reason it's odd is The four patterns have no real relationship to Scorpion. And one wonders if they could work with it. IF they cannot then the Army would have to move back to specialized uniforms for specialized areas rendering the whole reasoning for Multicam and Scorpion Mute.

    The Fourth reason it is odd is these patterns were tested against the Phase IV patterns and were shown to be inferior to the final entries.

    The Fifth is there is every indication that there are Scorpion Woodland and desert variants.

    With the rising tensions in South East Asia the US Army has begun shifting it's uniform system back to the needs of Jungle fighting. the Us Army recently issued RFI's for Jungle boots ( the existing boot system is Desert and Mountain based) and Lightweight high Humidity Combat uniforms. they also opened the new Army Jungle School at Schoffield Barracks in Hawaii.

    Now here Comes the Stupidity the 2014 NDAA
    http://soldiersystems.net/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/FY14-NDAA-CamoHouse-Senate-Bill-Text.pdf
     
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    The Tigers, The Coyotes, The Scorpions Oh My!

    Okay Were slowly getting leaks about what the new uniform set will look like.
    The Army it seems will be Adopting Coyote 498 brown colored boots. This is a darker color then the current Army issue and matches the Marine corps issue boots. The zippers and Velcro will be the same as those worn on the current issue Multicam uniform which is called Tan 499.
    Now there is a notation I have to make.
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    This is current issue multicam. made by Crye Precision
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    This is British MPT owned by the MOD
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    This is All terrain Tiger a Commercial alternative on the market. made by the same designers as the Airforces Tiger stripe pattern. made by Tiger stripe products
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    This is Scorpion W1 owned by the Army and Crey
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    The last Swatch I posted IS not The new Pattern! The Us Army is adopting a modification called Scorpion W2 we have no Idea what that really looks like. Rumor mill says it's close to Multicam but they have not released swatches. The Army is still buying both Multicam and UCP uniform sets in numbers. rumour mill is saying that the new uniforms will be sold via the Army's uniform stores then gradually phased across the service. the Army recently issued a RFI request for a Over dying method to change the existing TC50 UCP gear and it's likely Multicam will be used directly with Scorpion W2.
    Other services like the USAF and elements of the USN who wear Multicam take it from Army stocks so they to will likely also slowly go Scorpion.
     
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    There is a lot of science and math that goes into generating these patterns...and they are adding more and more hi-tech into it as well.
     
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    2015 launch date.
    Army on Track to Deliver New Camo Pattern by 2015 | Military.com

    There is however a Issue to be hammered. There is no indications that the other four services are in on this.
    Congress wants back to the days of one uniform for all and All for one uniform. The Marines have proclaimed that they will fight for MARPAT or rather that they are "All over MArpat like a Hobo on a sandwich." The Air Force should be a easy sale. there AIRPAT is well...
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    Lack luster at best. oddly one of the participants in the Development of the ABU cooked up a pattern that would have been far more effective then the ABU. All terrain tiger a now commercially available pattern.
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    The Navy and Marines however my be a harder sell. On a personal note I have always liked Tiger stripe patterns. it's a very effective pattern and it looks Bad___! I have always felt that US should have kept it and desert Tiger in the system if only for Opfor use Where the Classic patterns would allow realistic threat simulation. The Russians even adopted a modified number of Tiger stripe patterns
     
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    Army statement on the Operational Camouflage Uniform | Article | The United States Army
    Until this Announcement every thing has been Open Secret and Rumor. This Confirms the pentagon's worst Kept Secret since Area 51
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    Army announces rollout date for new camo | Army Times | armytimes.com
     
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    This is it guys the Official Photos. Note the T Shirt and Boots are Darker then UCP issued ACU. The Style of the Uniform remains ACU. patches and markings are also changed from UCP grey to Multicam compatible colors
     
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