Paratroopers are seen from the air after exiting from a CH-47 helicopter during “Leapfest XXXI” on Aug. 4, 2014. Leapfest is an Airborne parachute competition sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training within the International Airborne community.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Horace Murray, 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne).
Individual Training Course students with Marine Special Operations School at Stone Bay, participating in the field training exercise Raider Spirit. Raider Spirit is an eight-day culminating event for the first phase of ITC training, where students run light infantry scenarios as a field team. Throughout the exercise, student teams face many challenges as a result of an operationally restrictive scenario and numerous long distance foot movements with little sleep.
USMC photo: Cpl. Donovan Lee, May 2014
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By Army Public Affairs, WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 31, 2014)
The Army has confirmed what Soldiers have been hearing rumors of for months now – a new camouflage pattern for combat uniforms is on the way with a number of improvements.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Army will begin issuing to new Soldiers an Army Combat Uniform that bears the Operational Camouflage Pattern. That same uniform will also become available in military clothing sales stores in the summer of 2015.
Soldiers are expected to retire their current uniform and begin wearing the new pattern by the summer of 2018.
The uniform bearing the new pattern will be largely the same as what Soldiers wear now, except that the lower leg pockets will be closed by a button instead of the “hook and loop” fabric fastener on the current Army Combat Uniform, or ACU. Soldiers complained that fastener made too much noise in combat environments, officials said. The insert pockets for knee pads and elbow pads will also be removed from the new uniform, according to Program Executive Office Soldier.