The Army’s OCP uniform four-year transition period is just around the corner. Along with the Army, the United States Air Force will also incorporate OCP (Official Camouflage Pattern) into their new Airmen Battle Uniform (ABU). All Army personnel need to have new OCP uniforms by Oct. 1, 2019, but USAF members have until April 2021 to complete their OCP ABU uniform. Patriot Outfitters proudly offers all Scorpion OCP uniform components as well as AR-670-1 clothing and accessories. Shop our large selection today!
SCORPION OCP UNIFORMS
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Why Are the Air Force OCP Uniform and Army Combat Uniform Changing?
Over the years the combat uniform pattern has changed multiple times for the Air Force and Army. Both Airmen and Army soldiers have voiced concern about the pattern design, comfort and safety features of the utility uniform.
A main concern for the Air Force is the ABU's pattern and features. After much feedback and years of testing it was found that the current digital Tiger Stripe ABU does not have the level of concealment as the Army’s Scorpion W2 pattern. This discovery solidified the need to execute the transition in uniform camouflage pattern.
In addition to giving our military more protection while they are in combat the joint branch adoption of the OCP or Scorpion W2 pattern gives the Army and Air Force a standard camouflage pattern.
For Army soldiers, the OCP camo or Scorpion W2 pattern became available for purchase starting in July 2015. It will be their required ACU uniform camo pattern on October 1, 2019. Until the Mandatory Wear Date Army soldiers can wear combinations of UCP, OCP and OCIE (all components must be the same camouflage pattern).
Starting in late 2018 Airmen could purchase OCPs at a variety of bases and around October 2019, OCP ABUs will be available for purchase online. As of June 1, 2020, Coyote Brown boots, DLA issued green socks and Tan T-shirts must be worn when wearing their utility uniform. The Air Force OCP Mandatory Wear Date is April 1, 2021, in addition all patches must be Spice Brown background.
MultiCam vs Scorpion Camo
The OCP has a six-color palette and smooth lines, allowing its camouflage to better blend into various environments. The pattern resembles MultiCam with muted greens, light beige and dark brown colors, but uses fewer beige and brown patches and no vertical twig and branch elements.
OCP Uniform Features:
- Traditional fold down collar for professional appearance
- Lengthened upper sleeve pockets with covert zipper closure
- Hook & loop face for patch placement
- Glint tape above pockets
- 2 channel pen stalls
- 2 slanted chest pockets with hook & loop closure and fasteners for name tape
- Zippered front pocket with hook & loop closure and rank tab loop on center placket
- Button cuff closure with 3-button hole positions
- Reinforced elbows
- Trouser waistband with traditional button fly
- 7 sturdy belt loops
- 2 easy access slanted cargo pockets with button closure and drain holes
- 2 lower leg pockets
- 2 back pockets with snag proof button closure flaps
- Reinforced knees and seat
- “Stay tied” drawstring leg ties
OCP Uniform Accessories:
To complete the OCP Uniform, additional components are required. All the uniform requirements are listed in the DA Pam 670-1. Here at Patriot Outfitters we are proud to offer a large selection of OCP Scorpion W2 clothing as well as Coyote Tan 499 colored components.
One of the most popular OCP approved boots is the Nike SFB Gen 2 Lt Boot. This uni-sex Nike OCP boot features the breathability, flexibility and performance you would expect to find in an athletic shoe.
Every Airman and Army soldier must wear a tactical belt. One of the most popular and cost effective options is the Propper Tactical Nylon Belt. This belt has a molded belt buckle that easily adjusts and holds tight when you are loaded down with gear. The heavy-duty 1.5-inch wide nylon belt withstands harsh treatment and stands the test of time.
Protecting the hands of our military is of the upmost importance. They demand and require the best assault gloves available. The Oakley SI Assault Gloves are durable, flexible and protect the knuckles and fingers while in the midst of battle. Built with carbon fiber knuckle plating and Oakley patented Unobtainium material, these tactical gloves allow for optimal performance.
Patriot Outfitters is proud to offer our military the opportunity to get their OCP uniform components and Coyote Brown boots today. For more details about Army uniform regulations visit the DA Pam 670-1 and for the Air Force official wear guidance visit the AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance guidelines.
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