As soldiers stock up on the new Operational Camouflage Pattern and phase out their old digital camo, questions will come up about what they can wear and how they will wear it.
Soldiers want to know that before the 2019 wear-out date for the Universal Camouflage Pattern. So the Army has put out answers to some questions soldiers are asking.
If you have more questions than these, see your chain of command for guidance, says Army G-1 spokesman Paul Prince.
1. When wearing the OCP uniform, do my undershirt, belt and boots have to match?
Answer: No. There is no requirement that the undershirt, belt, and boots must match. Each of these items may be either color. (According to the Army, this question was most frequently asked).
2. Which U.S. flag is worn on the OCP uniform?
A.: The wear guidance for wear of the U.S. flag is the same for all camouflage patterns of the ACU. AR 670-1, para 21-18 states: "All Soldiers will wear the full-color U.S. flag embroidered insignia on utility and organizational uniforms, unless deployed or in a field environment. Soldiers will wear the subdued tactical flag insignia while deployed or in a field environment."
3. Can I wear my green fleece or UCP cold weather gear with the OCP?
A.: Yes. There is no requirement for issued Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment such as wet-weather gear and Extended Cold Weather Clothing System items to be of the same camouflage pattern as the uniform worn. Wear guidance for OCIE is established by the issuing command, and all items that have been issued are permitted for wear in accordance with locally established policies regardless of camouflage pattern.
4. Is the ACU-Female available in the OCP also?
A.: Yes. The ACU-Female is available in the OCP and will be stocked in all sizes at AAFES Military Clothing Sales Stores. The sizes of the ACU-Female are designed to better fit the female body type. All soldiers, male or female, have this option available to them in order to purchase the best fitting uniform for their frame.
5. I was issued mountain boots at Rapid Fielding Initiative. Are these authorized for wear with the OCP uniform?
A.: Yes. Commander may authorize the wear of the mountain combat boots issued at RFI for wear with OEF-CP and OCP. The Mountain Combat Boots will not be replaced once unserviceable. Soldiers are still required to obtain the required quantity of clothing bag boots that are IAW DA PAM 670-1.
6. Am I allowed to sew my name tape, U.S. Army tape, rank and badges on the OCP uniform?
A.: Yes. Soldiers are permitted to sew the name tape, U.S. Army tape, rank, and all authorized badges on all camouflage patterns: UCP, OEF-CP, and OCP. If worn, badges must be all sewn on or all pinned on; soldiers are not authorized to mix sew-on badges with pin-on badges. When personnel sew on badges, the following must also be sewn on the ACU coat: name tape, U.S. Army tape, and grade insignia. If a nametape, U.S. Army tape or grade insignia is sewn on, then personnel must sew all three of these items on the uniform coat. This requirement does not apply to the patrol cap. If soldiers choose to sew on U.S. Army name tape, rank or authorized skill badges, it will be at their own expense.
7. What do I do if the uniform I purchased has a defect?
A.: In the event a soldier discovers a defect, retain the receipt and return the item to AAFES for exchange. AAFES will process a product quality deficiency report, which will enable the Army and Defense Logistics Agency to take corrective action with the supply chain.