Sand or tan belts and boots? You decide as Army rolls out new operational camo pattern uniforms

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 The new ACU has a fold down collar design.    PEO Soldier
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Sand or tan belts and boots? You decide as Army rolls out new operational camo pattern uniforms

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published: June 03, 2015

Starting July 1, the Army’s new camo look will be anything but uniform.

New combat uniforms — nine design changes, Mandarin collars and less Velcro — will start appearing in military exchanges, but the old camo pattern will live on during a four-year money-saving transitional phase.

The operational camouflage is a less subtle than multicam patterned mix of greens, grays and browns. And if green is your color — there’s more of it than in the multicam.

There aren’t a lot of choices soldiers can make in the Army, but they will be able to mix and match the color of their belts, T-shirts and combat boots. The current sand colored accessories have been changed to a deeper tan and Coyote Brown, available in July and August. (We lied. There are rules. Soldiers can wear old items with new camo, but can’t wear new items with their old camo.) Until October, there’s no need to be uniform in uniform. And don’t worry -- commanders are not allowed to force soldiers to buy replacement uniforms just to fit in. The new uniforms will be standard issue in January.

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