Uniforms of the United States Armed Forces

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A U.S. Armed Forces Joint Ceremony at the D.C. National Guard Armory in April 2008

Each branch of the United States Armed Forces has its own uniforms and regulations regarding them.

Combat uniforms overview[edit]

Service dress uniforms overview[edit]

Current camouflage patterns[edit]

List of current camouflage patterns and uniforms
Branch Camouflage pattern Image Notes In use since
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U.S. Army
Operational Camouflage Pattern, used for the Army Combat Uniform (ACU)
OCP SW2.jpg The Operational Camouflage Pattern was first issued to deployed soldiers in 2015.[1] In October 2019 the U.S. Army fully switched to Operational Camouflage Pattern (which is very similar to MultiCam) as the main camouflage for its units. OCP: 2015
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U.S. Marine Corps
MARPAT pattern, used for the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) in two variants, woodland and desert. MARPAT woodland pattern.jpg MARPAT desert pattern.jpg The USMC's MARPAT pattern was the first digitalized (pixelated) pattern in the U.S. military, unveiled in mid-2001.[2][3][4] It was first available in January 2002 and was mandatory by late 2004.[5][6] 2002
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U.S. Navy
Navy Working Uniform (NWU) NWU Type III camouflage pattern swatch, AOR 2.jpg There are two variants of the camouflage. Type II desert variant authorized only for Naval Special Warfare units in desert environments; Type III woodland variant, initially authorized only for specific land based units but subsequently announced as the standard ashore working uniform for all navy sailors from October 2019 onward. Type II and III are similar in hue to MARPAT, with the former lacking the brown hues of MARPAT. 2009
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U.S. Air Force
Digitalized tigerstripe, used for the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU).

Air Force ground-based units, security units, and special operations units, that are deployed in Afghanistan, use MultiCam instead, known as OCP pattern.
ABU camouflage.jpg
Multicam pattern.jpg
OCP SW2.jpg
Fielding of MultiCam began in September 2010.

On 14 May 2018, The U.S. Air Force announced that all airmen will transition from the Airman Battle Uniform to the OCP Uniform. All airmen have been permitted to wear the OCP Uniform since 1 October 2018, and the wear out date for the ABU is 1 April 2021.[7]
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U.S. Space Force
Operational Camouflage Pattern, used for the OCP uniform (OCP)
OCP SW2.jpg OCP uniform used navy blue thread for rank and tapes. 2019 [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tan, Michelle (3 April 2015). "Army chief shares update on new camo rollout". Army Times.
  2. ^ Jontz, Sandra (February 24, 2001). "Marines' followed Canadians' example in use of digitally-designed 'cammies'". Stars and Stripes. Archived from the original on June 6, 2002. Retrieved June 6, 2002.
  3. ^ Starr, Barbara (June 20, 2001). "From Cammies to Pixies?: Marines Dump Old Wrinkled Duds for Permanent Press and Pixel Patterns". ABC News. Archived from the original on June 25, 2001. Retrieved June 25, 2001.
  4. ^ Oliva, Mark; Childs, Jan Wesner (July 3, 2001). "Officials went to the source to ensure new Marine uniform pleased troops". Stars and Stripes. Archived from the original on July 25, 2001. Retrieved July 25, 2001.
  5. ^ United States Marine Corps. "U.S. Marines Combat Utility Uniforms 2003" (PDF). United States Department of the Navy. United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 9, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2008. The woodland pattern combat utility uniform was first made available to selected commands on 17 January 2002.
  6. ^ "New uniform debuts today". Around the Fleet. Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. January 17, 2002. Archived from the original on September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Cox, Matthew (14 May 2018). "Air Force transitions to a single combat uniform". AF.mil. Archived from the original on 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/01/17/space-force-offers-first-peek-new-camouflage-uniform.html