An epic tale of buffoonery and military waste, with the idiotic result that the US military in the field (where joint ops are the rule, not the exception) looks like a non-uniform charlie foxtrot, and sailors who fall overboard are more difficult to spot.
If the military would like to better understand why their natural constituency of conservatives is losing patience in this time of fiscal problems, reading this article would be a good start.
In 2002, the U.S. military had just two kinds of camouflage uniforms. One was green, for the woods. The other was brown, for the desert.
Then things got strange.
Today, there is one camouflage pattern just for Marines in the desert. There is another just for Navy personnel in the desert. The Army has its own “universal” camouflage pattern, which is designed to work anywhere. It also has another one just for Afghanistan, where the first one doesn’t work.
Even the Air Force has its own unique camouflage, used in a new Airman Battle Uniform. But it has flaws. So in Afghanistan, airmen are told not to wear it in battle.
In just 11 years, two kinds of camouflage have turned into 10. And a simple aspect of the U.S. government has emerged as a complicated and expensive case study in federal duplication.