Without much fanfare, the Army has thankfully reversed its decision to equip our soldiers with the ugliest, least effective, bullet magnet camo that came on the scene in 2003. ACU is a terrible pattern, was not picked after proper testing, and in fact was the brainchild of an armchair warrior, Army Chief of Staff Schoomaker, who ignored the Natick testing that promoted a pattern much closer to the one just adopted, but that information was ignored for 10+ years.
The new uniform looks sharp, unlike the debacle it has replaced. This is now doubt good for esprit de corps and for soldier survival. I wonder how many soldiers died from the poor ACU pattern. It’s probably hard to know for sure, but it has to be some, as getting seen is a prelude to getting shot or shelled, and there is no doubt in Iraq and Afghanistan that the new uniform (or its near twin, Multicam, used only in Afghanistan for the last several years) performs this important task much much better.