Since the Army released its new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform in July to replace its current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) and OEF-CP, we’ve been receiving questions about when we’re going to start carrying our bags in the new OCP. Well, the short answer is “We don’t know.”
“What do you mean, you don’t know?”
Ok, here’s the long answer.
As you Soldiers probably already have noticed, the Army Air Force Exchange Service has begun phasing out military luggage in UCP in preparation for the gradual OCP uniform change. You may have also noticed the Exchange stores (and every other military store on and offline) have no luggage options in the new OCP pattern. That’s because manufacturers have not been given the green light from the Army to begin licensing the pattern for use on anything other than uniforms.
Trust us, it’s not because we’ve been too busy planning hunting trips and dropped the ball!
As much as we’d love to start offering our products in the new pattern, we love not getting sued by the government even more. So, until the Army gives us the order to proceed with using it on our gear, you will still be able to buy and wear black packs that can be worn with any uniform. Coyote Brown and MultiCam® packs will also work. And since UCP won’t be going away any time soon (the official wear out date isn’t until September 30, 2019), gear in the current UCP will still be available to purchase on our website, www.flyingcirclegear.com.