[EDITOR'S NOTE: Kit Up! switched out the previous photo at the request of a MarSoc operator due to PersSec concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.]
Back in April Kit Up! reported on MARSOC placing a large order with Crye Precision, 950 uniforms per year for five years in fact. Now we see the first pictures of MARSOC Marines using them in theater. Looks to me like we've got one shooter and one designated marksmen in this picture. The woodland pattern Crye uniforms are previously reported upon, but still interesting. More than likely the Marines want to match their host nation counterparts in appearance as much as possible. This is something we wanted to do in Special Forces for many years but were forbidden to do so until relatively recently. Of course many SOF personnel blew off the regs anyway but sometimes you have to wonder... At any rate, it's good to see that policy reversed and that the Marines are utilizing some of the best kit available to get the job done overseas.
Kit Up! contributor Jack Murphy is a former Ranger, Special Forces Soldier and is the author of the military thriller Reflexive Fire.