Mar 9, 2010

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On February 19, the Department of Defense formally announced the selection of MultiCam for Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. We know you want the details, so here are the answers to frequently asked questions.

 When will the Army start fielding FR ACUs in MultiCam?
The Army, through Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, will begin fielding MultiCam uniforms to deploying Soldiers as early as July 2010.

Who will be getting the MultiCam uniforms?
At this time, only Soldiers assigned to units deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom will receive the uniforms. The next fielding phase, which is expected to begin no earlier than October 2010, will include Soldiers assigned to units that are already in Afghanistan. Priority for units in Afghanistan will be established with guidance from Army G-3, U.S. Army Central Command and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan.

Who will get the MultiCam uniforms first?
The fielding will begin with 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, LA; 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO; and 2nd Brigade, 34th Infantry Division of the Iowa Army National Guard. The order of fielding will be based on priorities established by the Army G-3 and availability of these units. Exact fielding dates have not been determined.

How many of the uniform will each Soldier get?
The Basis of Issue for the Army Combat uniform is the same as for the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI), four per Soldier. Each Soldier will also be issued four Army Combat Shirts with sleeves in the MultiCam pattern and torso in the Coyote Brown color.

What gear will Soldiers receive in the MultiCam pattern?
Soldiers will receive the same Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) and body armor in MultiCam that they would normally receive in the Universal Camouflage Pattern. We expect this to include: helmet cover, Improved Outer Tactical Vest, and a complete set of Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment, or MOLLE. The exact list is being finalized.

Will the uniforms and gear cost Soldiers anything out of pocket?
No. Soldiers will not be charged for the equipment that is issued to them through PEO Soldier. They will be issued the equipment on their hand receipt.
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