US troops trial camouflage patterns for Afghan theatre By Daniel Wasserbly 21 September 2009 The US Army announced on 16 September that it is sending two new camouflage patterns to Afghanistan for soldiers to wear in trials that are a preliminary step in exploring alternative uniform patterns. By the end of September one battalion in theatre will be outfitted with uniforms in the MultiCam pattern and another battalion will be given a slightly redesigned version of the current digital Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), called UCP-Delta. Colonel William Cole, project manager for soldier protection and individual equipment, told reporters that both battalions are receiving the new uniform patterns in addition to their current gear so that commanders can choose to employ whichever works best for a particular mission. However, one of the problems with providing camouflage patterns for an environment like Afghanistan is that a patrol might move through a lush green valley in the morning but be hiking across arid mountains in the afternoon. This first test phase is intended to glean information that will lead to further evaluation of other patterns, as well as to ultimately review the service's camouflage plans and whether they should include one universal pattern or environment-specific ones. http://www.janes.com/news/defence/jdw/jdw090921_1_n.shtml Nothing new to see the MC on SOF units since "them" have been using it for years but we are now talking about the "green army".