At a Glance
- Army selects coyote brown as official new ACU boot color
- Coyote brown replaces desert tan as the official ACU boot color to match the OCP (Scorpion W2) ACU
- Coyote brown boots available August 2015
- Expected mandatory possession date for coyote brown boots: October 1, 2019
- Expected wear-out date for desert tan boots: September 30, 2019
Soldiers will be getting new boots to accompany the OCP ACU (Scorpion W2). William Layer of Army Public Affairs (OCPA) confirmed that the new OCP ACU boots will be produced in "coyote brown (coyote 498.)"
In November 2014, the Department of Defense announced that the Army would be making the transition to coyote brown boots by summer 2015. The main advantage of the new colorway is that it is more effective at providing concealment in a wider range of environments. This darker colorway also hides stains as well as wear-and-tear better than the current desert tan color.
The combination of tan 498 and coyote tan will make up the official new coyote brown colorway for ACU boots. There has been speculation that tan 499, the color currently used for findings (pulls, Velcro, zippers, etc.) on the OEF OCP (MultiCam) ACU, will be the tan component used on the new ACU boots. This is not the case. Instead, tan 498 is used for the outsole, laces, nylon and other nonleather components of the boots.The leather upper of the boot will be a coyote brown color.
Coyote brown OCP boots are available now as their release was meant to accompany the new pattern. In an official announcement made June 1, 2015, the Army revealed that coyote brown boots will be available for sale by August 2015. Leading boot manufacturers such as Under Armour, Reebok and Belleville already have styles available in the new color.
OCP ACUs were available at military clothing stores in the summer of 2015 while coyote brown boots were available for sale at AAFEX Clothing sales a month later in August 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency began to convert its contracts for the ACU from UCP to OCP in November 2014. All bag item boots like hot weather issues, temperate weather issue and hot weather FR will convert from desert tan to coyote brown.
Desert tan boots will be authorized for wear on both the UCP and the OCP ACU with a wear-out date of October 1, 2018. Coyote brown boots are only allowed for wear with the OCP ACU. PEO Soldier does not expect the availability of the OCP ACU to sync up with the availability of optional-wear coyote brown boots.
Say goodbye to desert tan Army boots. New ACU boots will be much darker. Curious as to what this will look like? The new color will look more like the style on the right than one on the left.
Desert tan boots (left); coyote brown boots (right)
The new colorway for OCP ACU boots will be made up of two color components. All leather aspects of the boot will be coyote tan. While it was previously reported that Tan 499 would make up all non-leather parts of the boots, we've received confirmation that those components will be in Tan 498 instead.
While there have been rumors that Tan 499 (left) will be used for boot components, we have confirmed with a source that Tan 498 (image not available) will be used; leather components will be made using Coyote Tan (Right)
Image via Soldier Systems
The Coyote Color Clarified
Top military boot manufacturers use many different naming conventions to classify styles that fall Store the "coyote" color umbrella. You might have heard the terms "coyote tan" or "dark coyote." They are all synonymous with coyote brown. Although olive mojave, the current official boot color of the U.S. Marines, closely resembles coyote, it is not interchangeable with coyote brown.
Here's a complete list of names boot manufacturers use that essentially qualify as the same "coyote" color:
- Coyote 498
- Coyote tan
- Dark coyote
While a manufacturer may classify a boot by any one of these names, that does not mean that it will be authorized Store the new coyote brown colorway.
Uniform Quality Control Program
UPDATE: As of March 26, 2015 industry experts speculate that this program will never come to fruition. Legal issues are cited as the reason for the cancellation of UQCP.
The Army is moving towards a Uniform Quality Control Program (UQCP). The ultimate goal of the program is to provide leaders, Soldiers and boot manufacturers clarity on which optional boot models meet current Army standards. On February 18, 2015, The Army hosted an Industry Day where it outlined the details of the UQCP for vendors and manufacturers of Army boots.
Vendors will have to submit boot materials to third-party labs in order to gain various certifications. These test results, along with samples of the boot, will be submitted to Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). From there, NSRDEC will review the results and samples to make a recommendation for either approval or disapproval to PM SPIE, the PEO Soldier program responsible for developing and fielding effective uniforms. If the boot is approved, PM SPIE will generate a certificate number and the boot will be certified for three years.
The first list of UQCP-approved boots will be posted sometime in the 3rd fiscal quarter by PEO Soldier. Following this posting, there will be semi-annual notices for new boots to be evaluated and added to the list. Because the timing of the first evaluation is aligned with the Army's transition to coyote brown boots, no tan boots will be present on the first list.
The Army was very clear that this list will not be a list of authorized boots. Instead it's a tool for commanders to know which industry combat boots meet Army standards. Commanding officers have the final say on which boots can and cannot be worn. The UQCP does not supersede a commander's guidance.
A new Army boot color isn't the only ACU change on the horizon. Starting summer 2015, the uniform was completely revamped. Like the boots, the T-shirt and findings are a slightly darker tan 499 instead of desert tan. This will allow them to blend better with the OCP (Scorpion W2) camouflage pattern.
Images via Army Times
In addition, some distinct updates to the design of the uniform were made. The following four changes have already been approved by the Army Uniform Board.
- The upper-sleeve pocket will feature a zipper-closure and be at least an inch longer.
- It will no longer feature internal knee and elbow pads.
- The cord-and-barrel lock on the cargo pocket will no longer exist.
- The lower-leg pocket will feature a one-button closure instead of a hook-and-loop closure.
Recent photos taken in March 2015 show U.S. Army Soldiers in Iraq wearing uniforms in the new camouflage pattern while training Iraqi Soldiers. Soldiers will have the choice to wear either coyote brown or desert tan boots with OCP until 2018.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kloberdanz (right) wearing OCP with desert tan boots while training an Iraqi Army soldier. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn.
Other Branches to Adopt Coyote Brown Boots?
If Congress gets its way, all military services will be wearing the same uniforms by 2018. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 requires a single pattern for all branches stating:
"It is the policy of the United States that by not later than October 1, 2018, the Secretary of Defense shall require all military services to use a joint combat camouflage uniform, including color and pattern variants designed for specific combat environments."
The intensive camouflage testing done by the Army followed by the recent selection of the OCP ACU indicates that this pattern will be adopted by all Armed Forces. So what does this mean for boots? It's likely coyote brown boots will be required for all branches along with the new uniforms.
Current Boots of Other Branches
Currently every branch has a service-specific boot colorway.
- Air Force: Airmen wear sage (also called foliage green) boots to accompany the digital Tiger Stripe Airman Battle Uniform.
- Coast Guard/Navy: Both the Coast Guard and the Navy are required to wear black safety boots.
- Marines: Marines wear olive mojave rough-out combat boots with the eagle, globe and anchor insignia on the heel. The color is less green than its name implies. Instead, Marine boots closely resemble coyote, looking very similar to what the new coyote brown boots will look like.