UCP camo is now part of history

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Hope Hodge Seck began a eulogy for the Army’s pixelated Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) uniform in Military.com: “It blended in well with grandma's couch, but had its drawbacks in the combat zone.”

 Capt. Darren Guree and Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Dennis of 112th Signal Batt. (Special Operations) (Airborne) - Special Operations Command Pacific, Signal Support Det, discuss the team's progress during Hammerhead Field Training Exercise/Situational Training Exercise 17-2, March 30, 2017. Capt. Darren Guree, left, is wearing the pixelated Universal Camouflage Pattern uniform. (U.S. Navy photo/Cynthia Z. De Leon)

Capt. Darren Guree and Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Dennis of 112th Signal Batt. (Special Operations) (Airborne) - Special Operations Command Pacific, Signal Support Det, discuss the team's progress during Hammerhead Field Training Exercise/Situational Training Exercise 17-2, March 30, 2017. Capt. Darren Guree, left, is wearing the pixelated Universal Camouflage Pattern uniform. (U.S. Navy photo/Cynthia Z. De Leon)

As of October 1, 2019, UCP is officially a thing of the past. Going forward, all US Army soldiers are required to possess and wear the green-and-brown Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, or OCP.

Introduced in 2004, the UCP uniform met resistance from the troops. The most common complaint was that it failed in the purpose of camouflage — it didn’t blend in with the surroundings. In fact, by 2010, the Army was sending troops to Afghanistan in a different camouflage patter: MultiCam.

 Two soldiers in 2005 wearing the Army Combat Uniform in the Universal Camouflage Pattern. The pattern — never popular with the Army — was officially retired on September 30, 2019.

Two soldiers in 2005 wearing the Army Combat Uniform in the Universal Camouflage Pattern. The pattern — never popular with the Army — was officially retired on September 30, 2019.

It took five years of testing and evaluations to determine that OCP would become the successor to UCP in 2015. During a transition period that began in July 2015, soldiers were permitted to wear UCPs with sand-colored T-shirt, belt and boots. As of October 1, 2019, all soldiers are required to possess and wear the OCP with T-shirt and belt in "Tan 499" and boots in coyote brown.

 A U.S. Army soldier wearing an Army Combat Uniform using the Operational Camouflage Pattern. As of October 1, 2019, this pattern is the official camouflage of the US Army.

A U.S. Army soldier wearing an Army Combat Uniform using the Operational Camouflage Pattern. As of October 1, 2019, this pattern is the official camouflage of the US Army.

And with that, UCP is relegated to closets, thrift stores, surplus outlets, and dealer’s tables.