Next summer, soldiers will replace their desert tan combat boots with a darker, coyote-brown version. The photo above shows how the service's new coyote-brown combat boots will look when worn with the new Operational Camouflage Pattern.
“To correspond with the introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern starting in the summer of 2015, the Army will change the color for the Army Combat Boot to a coyote brown color,” according to Thursday's U.S. Army news release.
Army senior leaders selected the new OCP to replace the service’s ineffective Universal Camouflage Pattern after an exhaustive, four-year camouflage-improvement effort the service completed a year ago.
OCP is also known as Scorpion W2, a revised version of the original Scorpion pattern that Crye Precision LLC developed for the Army’s Future Force Warrior in 2002. Crye later made small adjustments to the pattern for better performance and trademark purposes and called it MultiCam.
The Army chose MultiCam in 2010 as its Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern for soldiers to wear in Afghanistan. OCP and MultiCam are very similar, but there are subtle differences between the two patterns.
Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan will continue to be fielded with uniforms and equipment in OEFCP, or MultiCam, until inventories are exhausted, the release states. In the coming months the Army will also conduct operational testing and user evaluations of existing service arid and woodland patterns for possible adoption by the Army.
The Army will begin introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern during the summer of 2015 in Army Clothing and Sales Stores, according to the release.
In early October, the Army authorized the 75th Ranger Regiment to wear the Flame Resistant Army Combat Uniform in MultiCam while in garrison as well as during deployments.