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Why the Army Treats Your ACUs with Permethrin

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

More than 60 different diseases, some of which are fatal, are spread by ticks, chiggers, insects and other biting arthropods. These include malaria, Dengue (Broken Bone) Fever, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and others. The Army Combat Uniform with factory Permethrin treatment can, when worn with other measures, provide over 90 percent bite protection even after 50 washings. This will help protect Soldiers against these diseases. The ACU with Permethrin will be issued to Soldiers serving in the continental United States and elsewhere.

Best of OR – Magnetic Velcro Fasteners

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

When I get asked about what I consider to be the biggest hit of last week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, I have to say, it’s this; Magnetic Velcro Fasteners. Invariably, I find the simplest solutions to be the best so it’s amazing that no one has thought of this before.

Lots of Soldiers are unhappy with the hook and pile tape used as closures for their ACUs. They’d love to replace it with buttons. If you’re one of them, I know it’s hard to believe, but this simple device might just be the answer to your prayers.

When Fighter Design LLC came up with the idea of combining Velcro brand fasteners and magnets, Velcro USA welcomed the idea. Here you can see how Magnetic Velcro Fasteners would look on your ACUs.

And here is a demo of how it works.

Pretty cool huh? Coming soon.

US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort STILL Going Strong

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Despite anything you might have read elsewhere, the US Army has not abandoned their Camouflage Improvement Effort. If you haven’t heard of this before, then do a search for the term ‘effort’ here on SSD and catch up.

Here is the latest update from PEO Soldier –

As part of the ongoing effort to improve Soldiers uniforms, the Army continues to research new camouflage patterns to be printed on the existing Army Combat Uniform (ACU) design.

The ACU was presented to Senior Army leadership in December 2003 for potential Army fielding. The ACU was developed based on many months of research and development. It decreased the out-of-pocket cost burden on our younger Soldiers by replacing the three types of Battle Dress Uniforms with a one-weight, wash-and-wear uniform with improved functionality and ergonomics.

In 2009, the Secretary of the Army approved a four-phase approach to provide uniforms for personnel deployed to Afghanistan with a camouflage pattern suited to the Afghanistan environment and to evaluate an Army long-term uniform camouflage plan. Phases I-III were focused on improving Army uniform camouflage in Afghanistan. These phases are complete and culminated with the fielding of the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Camouflage Pattern to Soldiers in and deploying to Afghanistan.

The Phase IV Camouflage Effort seeks to select a family of three patterns comprising the woodland, arid, and transitional environments, which will allow the Army to operate in different terrains and conditions around the globe. The Phase IV patterns are undergoing field trials and the data from those trials will be taken to Army senior leadership for review. This will be followed by a cost-benefit analysis to determine if the Army will adopt a new camouflage pattern. The Army understands the financial constraints on the DoD and the nation, and we are committed to conducting this research and making any future camouflage uniform changes in an affordable and fiscally responsible manner.

The cost of adopting a new family of camouflage patterns will depend on many factors, including how widely the new uniform pattern would be fielded and how fast it would be adopted. If a new camouflage pattern uniform is phased in to replace existing uniforms as they are worn out, the program would either issue new uniforms to incoming soldiers or would replace older uniforms that would need replacement anyway. The uniform’s only change would be the camouflage pattern, with no changes to existing materials or design (i.e., fabric, pocket location, number of pockets, etc.).

Soldiers are our strength and purpose and deserve the best we can offer. The Army will enhance the survivability, safety, mobility, and sustainability of Soldiers by providing state-of-the-art, operationally effective individual clothing and equipment. The Army has applied the lessons learned during development, testing, and fielding of the UCP and OCP patterns to devise a better scientific testing program for evaluating camouflage.

AFMO Offers Discounts for Bulk ACU Purchases

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Units and agencies looking to purchase ACUs, ABUs, and the old style BDUs in bulk should consider AFMO who is prepared to fulfill your order at a discount. For specifics, contact

Bad Cammies

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Photos: PEO Soldier – Commentary: Doctrine Man

Commercial Army Combat Pant

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

PEO Soldier has finally dispensed with the awkward “Flame Resistant Improved Army Combat Uniform Trouser” and finally called it what it is, an Army Combat Pant (ACP). What’s even better is that they are taking the next step from the pre-solicitation released in late June and have a released a full solicitation for a Commercial Army Combat Pant. This methodology leaves the details open to the vendor and gives general guidelines on the construction of the pants to the vendor. Proposals are due by 25 August 2011 at 3:00 PM EST so if you have a product to offer you’d better get your submission together.

This is a photo of a prototype.

It is going to make a great companion for the Army Combat Shirt and this is a big win for the Soldier.

Make the jump to read all of the details

Sewn On Patches – The Rest of the Story

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

It’s been a month since the SMA announced changes to the wear policy of the ACU. By now Soldiers have begun to have their BOS and Name tapes as well as skill badges sewn on their ACUs. For much of the Army, BDUs are either a distant memory or something they have heard about but never worn. Putting the camouflage pattern aside, the ACU is a pretty good uniform overall. Somehow, they forgot how to properly construct a crotch, but other than that it is an improvement on the BDU. The concept of attaching patches with Velcro was inspired by SOF but made sense for two reasons. First, the uniform could be sanitized for combat use and second, it would save the Soldier money. It’s not cheap to purchase all of those patches and have them sewn on to the uniform.

Now, Soldiers have gotten what they asked for. We have heard reports of sewing costs ranging from $20 to $79. Naturally, this depends on the number of ‘scare’ badges a Soldier has. Still, this is a bit expensive and rivals the cost of a completely new uniform. It seems that long gone are the days of $1 per patch.

The real question in all of this is; how long before we begin to hear the complaints from the field about these new costs associated with maintaining the ACU?

Order of the Undercollar

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

This guy looks REALLY proud to be an Engineer.  I bet he has castle buttons on his ASU too.When the ACU was adopted by the Army, the rank insignia was moved to the center of the chest and the officer branch insignia was eliminated from the utility uniform. Naturally, this didn’t stop officers from wearing their branch insignia, they just had to come up with some interesting ways of doing it. Then comes along, Order of the Undercollarâ„¢, a company founded to provide branch insignia that fits perfectly on the Velcro found under the collar on the ACU. That way, an officer can flash his buddies the high sign so they know who’s who. I can say one thing, they are honkin’ big so you won’t have any problems sorting lawyers and tankers. Not sure if they have a MultiCam version coming yet or not but they will do custom runs with a unit designator. Be sure to check out the HH6 patch as well in case she, or he for that matter, lounges around in ACUs.

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