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TacHacker – DIY Combat Shirts

Unfortunately, the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) doesn’t have an official combat uniform. Rather, units and oftentimes individuals have to provide their own combat fashions. The custom is to take a DCU blouse and have it modified by a tailor (if you’re lucky) by cutting out the torso and inserting a t-shirt or other material. Believe it or not, the first examples that showed up at Natick in the Objective Force Warrior office, years ago were just that. BDU-style sleeves sewn to Under Armour shirts so that the torso, which remains covered by body armor, will remain relatively cooler and dryer thanks to the wicking fabric.


Recently, we were on a CONUS range and observed several Navy personnel. As you can see, three men are visible and the are three different examples of combat-style shirts. There was another guy in the prone, shooting. While you can’t see him, indeed, he is wearing yet a fourth variant. However, out of all of the DIY combat shirts we have ever seen, the example with the hunting camo is by FAR the best.

7 Responses to “TacHacker – DIY Combat Shirts”

  1. Oliver says:

    I am not sure to understand this comment. Is the hunting camo combat shirt “by FAR the best” because of the hunting camo pattern? The torso will be underneath armor…

  2. Travis says:

    I recognize that range. I took a school there once in the Marines. Ipso facto, I think I know what unit those guys might be.

  3. AV says:

    Hey dip sh*t, I think you missed the sarcasm in the author’s comment of “by FAR the best.” I believe he intended it as in: by FAR the best tactical fashion emergency…guess you didn’t make it through the tactical fashion police academy.

  4. Jason says:

    From one of your earlier posts, Propper will be making the combat shirts in the NWU II & III:

    Hopefully, NECC commands will issue or at least allow.

  5. Hari says:

    Camo is very important at center mass, if you don’t wear armor.

    • Administrator says:


      I agree. The shirts SHOULD be camo all of the way around. This contrast effect is also a real problem for those who wear solid color body armor with camo uniforms.

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