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Participants of the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Ceremonial Drill Competition 2008

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 their own uniforms and regulations regarding them.

Combat uniforms overviewEdit

Service dress uniforms overviewEdit

Current camouflage patternsEdit

List of current camouflage patterns and uniforms
Branch Camouflage pattern Image Notes In use since
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U.S. Army
Universal Camouflage Pattern, used for the Army Combat Uniform (ACU).

Units deployed in Afghanistan use MultiCam instead, known as OCP pattern.
ACU Universal Camouflage Pattern
Multicam pattern
On June 16, 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the Army to buy new, different uniforms for the War in Afghanistan, with camouflage pattern that would better suit the Afghan environment.[1] As of 2010, U.S. Army units deployed in Afghanistan are being issued uniforms with MultiCam pattern. 2005
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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 MARPAT desert pattern 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). Navy WCU Insignia There are three variants of the camouflage. Standard blue-grey for shipboard use, and then digital woodland and digital desert variants, previously known as AOR I and AOR II, similar to MARPAT and CADPAT. The NWU itself was unveiled in October 2004. 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
Multicam pattern
Fielding of MultiCam began in September 2010. 2007


  1. Maze, Rick (June 15, 2009). "Troops in Afghanistan would get new uniforms". Army Times. Gannett Government Media. Retrieved November 26, 2013. "Congress is about to order new combat uniforms for troops in Afghanistan after hearing complaints that camouflage that was fine in Iraq doesn't work so well in a mountainous and often muddy environment." 
  2. Jontz, Sandra (Saturday, February 24, 2001). "Marines' followed Canadians' example in use of digitally-designed 'cammies'". Stars and Stripes. 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. ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 25, 2001. 
  4. Oliva, Mark; Childs, Jan Wesner (Tuesday, July 3, 2001). "Officials went to the source to ensure new Marine uniform pleased troops". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved July 25, 2001. 
  5. United States Marine Corps. "U.S. Marines Combat Utility Uniforms 2003". United States Department of the Navy. United States Department of Defense. 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. Retrieved September 19, 2013.