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Army Lets Soldiers Mix and Match Camouflage -- for Now


The U.S. Army this month let soldiers mix and match camouflage for cold-weather gear.

That means soldiers can wear the so-called Extended Cold Weather Clothing System in the older Universal Camouflage Pattern, or UCP, over their Army Combat Uniform in the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP.

While the decision will likely prompt many a first sergeant and sergeant major to shudder, it's not a unique move. The service has made similar allowances in the past.

For example, in the early 1980s, when the Army was fielding the Battle Dress Uniform, soldiers still wore permanent press or jungle fatigues with the BDU cap because of uniform shortages, one reader wrote

I think we can all agree that safety trumps style. But what do you think about the mismatch -- silly or satisfactory?

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