U.S. Army Selects New Pattern
On July 31, 2014 the Army officially announced that a new camouflage pattern, known internally as Scorpion W2, will be named the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP). Not only does this new pattern replace MultiCam, which acted as the OCP until 2015, but also replaces Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) as the official ACU pattern.
The original Scorpion pattern was developed by Crye Precision as part of the Objective Force Warrior program more than a decade ago. The Scorpion W2 variant was modified from the initial pattern by Army Natick Labs. Similar in design to MultiCam, the chosen pattern started being used in the field during the summer of 2015.
"The Army is naming the pattern the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) to emphasize that the pattern's use extends beyond Afghanistan to all Combatant Commands." - Senior Army Spokesperson, U.S. Army
After a four-year intensive camouflage research and testing process, this selection couldn't have been more anticipated. For more than a decade, the Army has relied on the widely unpopular UCP as the official standard-issue pattern.
"The Army has confirmed through testing that the (Scorpion W2) pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers," the an anonymous Army senior spokesperson said.
Speculation about the selection began back in May when Military.com broke the news that Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III had been briefing senior sergeants major on the selection. On July 23, 2014 Gen. Dennis L. Via, the head of Army Material Command, unofficially confirmed the Army has adopted the W2 variant of the Scorpion camouflage.
Operational Camouflage Pattern
The Army has decided to call the new pattern Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP), a name sure to spark confusion considering up to this announcement, MultiCam was known as the OCP.
"The Army is naming the pattern the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) to emphasize that the pattern's use extends beyond Afghanistan to all Combatant Commands," says an anonymous senior spokesperson for the Army in a statement regarding the new pattern on the Army's website.
MSG Benjamin Owen wearing the OCP (Scorpion W2) ACU