Staff Sgt. Joel Semling, a fuels systems specialist and Staff Sgt. Conrad Nelson, a tactical aircraft maintenance specialist, perform the ground show performance during the Gunfighter Skies Air Show at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 20, 2014 (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds maintenance professionals prepare to marshall out Thunderbird 5, Maj. Blain Jones, Lead Solo pilot, during the Wings of Freedom Open House & Air Show performance, Altus AFB, OK, September 13, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Stan Parker)
San Diego, CA - Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, take aim on their next target during the bayonet assault course at Marine Corps Recruit San Diego, Calif., Sept. 24. Recruits worked in teams of four during the exercise.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego - Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, are shown the proper stance prior to a bayonet strike at Marine Corps Recruit San Diego, Calif., Sept. 24. Recruits were given a class on how utilize their rifle in close quarters combat with a fixed bayonet.
USS PELELIU, At Sea - Lance Cpl. Kevin Seigler, a rifleman with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, counts ammunition for the M240B medium machine gun during a flight-deck during Certification Exercise (CERTEX, Sept. 24, 2014.
USS PELELIU, At Sea - U.S. Marines with Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, (BLT) 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, shoot at targets during Certification Exercise (CERTEX), on the USS Peleliu (LHA-5), at sea, Sept. 26, 2014.
CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group prior to their regularly-scheduled Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Entry-level Marines with Alpha Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-West completed their culminating event at Range 408 here, Sept. 25. The range includes and implements the different infantry occupational specialties at the company level. Medium/light machine guns and mortars suppress the enemy first, providing the supporting fire for a squad size element of riflemen and assaultmen to assault the enemies’ position. Infantry Training Battalion trains all infantry, entry-level Marines in the skills essential to operating combat environment. Infantry Training Battalion is a 52-day training course that transforms the raw Marine into an infantryman who can fight, survive, and win in a combat situation.
Marines with the scout sniper platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire at targets from the rear of the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while underway. San Diego is part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 11th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch for small boats as part of the dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45)small craft action team (SCAT) during a straits transit. Comstock is part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime and theater security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)
Quantico, Virginia - Marines from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., perform during a parade at the Modern Day Marine Military Expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Sept. 24. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Larry Babilya/Released)
San Diego , California - Recruit Brandon M. Hurd, Platoon 3223, provides cover while his fire team advances their position during the Bayonet Assault Course at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Sept. 10. The Crucible is a 54-hour event where recruits face food and sleep deprivation to simulate the kind of stresses they would face in combat situations. Hurd is a native of Blaine, Minn., and was recruited out of Recruiting Substation Coon Rapids, Minn.
San Diego, California - A recruit from Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, executes a vertical butt-stroke against a simulated enemy at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Sept. 10. The recruits ran through a similar course multiple times throughout recruit training; each time they integrated new techniques and lessons they learned throughout training.
In April of this year we touched rumors that the Australian Defence Department developing a new version of the Australian MultiCam Pattern Uniform (AMP) by integrating the color palette from the DPCU pattern. This was an interesting development as they had developed the AMP specifically for Afghanistan utilizing the MultiCam colors, but integrating pattern elements of the “hearts and bunnies” from their DPCU pattern.
The Australian Army determined they needed a combat uniform that could be utilized in multiple environments for all types of land operations, field training, and daily wear. Lessons learned from combat and elements of the original DPCU provided them with a basis for the new AMCU design. It is noted that the Australian Multi-Camouflage Pattern was developed by a Defence Science Technology Organization. It was tested in multiple terrains including jungle, grassland, and scrub land, which it proved to provide optimal concealment compared to other patterns during the day and evening.
With the draw down from Afghanistan, it leaves them with plenty of AMP uniforms, which they will stop using. The new AMCU will also replace the DPCU and DPDU (Disruptive Desert Pattern Uniform). In the photo above you can see the original DPCU pattern on the helmet cover with the new AMCU pattern present on the uniform. Clearly, there is much more contrast in the new pattern with quite a bit more green and some differences with the color comparison. The bunnies not nearly as prominent as with DPCU.
The AMCU uniforms will be manufactured by Australian companies and will be available to the Army starting in October. It is anticipated to cost more than the DPCU due to increased manufacturing time required. The added cost is considered a viable alternative due to the ability to conceal in multiple environments and provide solders with added protection. Assistant Minister of Defence, Stuart Robert notes,
“Defence is pleased to partner with Australian companies to manufacture the AMCU. I am confident the manufacturing of the AMCU in Australia not only supports local business, but also maintains high standards and keeps pace with current technology. At the moment there are two manufacturers for the AMCU – Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) and Pacific Brands Workwear Group (PBWG).”
The AMCU will have field and combat variations including a Combat Shirt and Pant as well as Field Shirt and Pant. The Townsville’s 3rd Brigade will be receiving the uniforms first. Combat Troops will receive two sets of the Combat AMCU and three sets of the Field AMCU. All other soldiers will receive the same number of field sets only as well as an AMCU Bush Hat, belt, rank slides, and name tapes.
The Combat Uniform portion was developed for use with body armor, with joint protection, and stretch fabric in key areas of expansion when on the move. The Field Uniform portion also integrates knee pads and has much fewer pockets for a lighter and cooler design with stretch fabric in the crotch and lower back. We have included all features of each below.
AMCU Combat Shirt:
High collar in woven fabric with zip closure.
Knit fabric body with no pockets to allow for comfort under body armor.
Integrated elbow pad.
Woven fabric raglan sleeves.
Angled sleeve pockets with Velcro closure.
Velcro adjustment tabs at cuffs.
Pen pocket on left sleeve.
AMCU Combat Pant:
Stretch woven fabric in back yoke (below waistband), crotch and around knee.
Adjustable waist with advanced design.
Button and zip front fly closure.
Reinforced saddle seat.
Integrated knee pad.
Knee pad is snugly held in correct location using elasticised cord adjustment(connects to front thigh pockets) and Velcro closure tabs at the side of the knee.
2 side thigh pockets with zip closure.
2 lower front thigh pockets (external – contains toggle and elasticised draw cord for knee pad adjustment) with Velcro closure.
2 front pockets below waistband (internal).
2 lower leg pockets with Velcro closure.
Cord and cord lock adjustment at cuffs
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison States,
“Improvements to the design of the uniform will enhance a soldier’s survivability and mobility and efficiently support a soldier’s workload while still being functional in a variety of terrains and operating environments. For the first time, Army will introduce two separate uniforms. Both the AMCU field and combat variations use a tested Australian Multi-Camouflage Pattern that will take our soldiers from the bush, to the desert and into the jungle.
AMCU Field Shirt:
Based on the current DPCU shirt.
Near infrared (NIR) fabric.
5 button closure at the centre front.
Chest pockets with zip closure.
Sleeve pockets with button closure.
Shorter coat length than current shirt.
Velcro adjustment tabs at cuffs.
Rank slide at chest
Increased width at coat hem compared to current shirt.
Graded sleeve length.
AMCU Field Pant:
Stretch woven fabric in back yoke (below waistband) and crotch.
FORT A.P HILL, VA, US - Machine gunners with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, fire on a mock enemy bunker and provide suppressive fire for an assault team during a live-fire exercise on Range P28 aboard Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Sept. 5. The range was built specifically for the unit as a training aid to increase overall unit readiness.
TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - A U.S. soldier provides security Sept. 20 during exercise Valiant Shield 2014 on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
TINIAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - U.S. Marines clear a stairwell Sept. 20 during exercise Valiant Shield 2014 on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S.-only, exercise with focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This is the fifth exercise in the Valiant Shield series. Manibusen is a rifleman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam National Guard. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Schlosser/Released)