Home' Army News : August 11th 2016 Contents ARMY’S new combat uni-
form – Australian Multicam
Camouflaged Uniform (AMCU)
is being delivered to permanent
and reserve soldiers across the
SO1 Sustainment at Army HQ
Lt-Col Andrew Harrison-Wyatt said
after 15 years of continuous opera-
tions, Army had tried and tested
various combat uniforms.
“From this, we have learnt les-
sons to improve the uniform for the
future,” Lt-Col Harrison-Wyatt said.
“The new combat uniform is dif-
ferent in pattern and design to pre-
“It will replace the in-service
Disruptive Pattern Camouflage
Uniform (DPCU) and the
Australian Multicam Pattern –
Operational Combat Uniform
He said the uniform was also in
the process of being delivered to
members of the Navy and Air Force
who require a land environment
combat uniform in lieu of legacy
DPCU and AMP-OCU uniforms.
The requirement for an
enhanced combat uniform to
replace the DPCU was identified
by Army in 2011.
Lt-Col Harrison-Wyatt said
the immediate requirement was
addressed in May 2011 with the
procurement of a license to manu-
facture Crye Precision combat uni-
forms – AMP-OCU.
“AMP-OCU was issued to units
and force elements deployed on
major operations in the Middle East
region,” he said.
“All other minor operations
continued with the issue and use of
In February 2013, Capability
Acquisition and Sustainment
Group and Defence Science and
Technology Group began trials on
a future multicam pattern uniform
with enhanced visual and near
infrared reflectance management
properties and enhanced form, fit
Lt-Col Harrison-Wyatt said field
trials conducted by Diggerworks in
October 2013 proved the developed
Australian Multicam Camouflage
Pattern (AMCP) fabric performed
equal to or better than DPCU in a
variety of environments by day and
“In November 2013, then-CA
agreed to the components of the
newly developed enhanced com-
bat uniform ensemble that would
provide increased functionality and
survivability compared to that of
the current operational uniform,”
The adoption of AMCU as the
land environment combat uniform,
replacing DPCU, was announced
at the CA’s Exercise in September
An initial release of 24,000
garments (shirts and trousers) was
rolled out to 3 Bde in Townsville
during the third quarter of 2014.
“Although not the required
amount to fully kit-out the bri-
gade or ready battlegroup, it
allowed units such as 2RAR to
assist in final test and evaluation
activities, leading to a number of
minor amendments that have been
incorporated into the final design,”
Lt-Col Harrison-Wyatt said.
Director Logistics – Army
Col Mal Brick said the new uniform
was a great evolution to Army’s
“It has been developed using
combat experience gained over the
Focused on the future
Introduction of new land environment combat uniform
last decade and continues to be
proven on operations,” he said.
Principal Ammunition Technical
Officer Lt-Col Leo Monkivitch, of
Army HQ, said he wore AMCU in
South Sudan during extreme tem-
“In an arid and unforgiving
environment, I found the new com-
bat uniform to be comfortable and
durable,” Lt-Col Monkivitch said.
“It provided great utility for the
tasks I had to perform.”
Soldiers serving with Task
Group Afghanistan at HQ Resolute
Support in Kabul also had high
praise for the new uniform.
Cpl Rowan Kinney said the
AMCU combat cams were great.
“The amount of pockets provid-
ed on the legs is handy when you’re
on task, enabling the carriage of
more items,” Cpl Kinney said.
“I especially like that we have
the option to add knee pads, which
are great in the field.”
Pte Jackson McDade agreed.
“The storage capacity on com-
bat cams with the amount of pock-
ets provided is excellent,” he said.
“I really like the added mobility
provided by the elastic in the groin
area of the combat pants.”
THE initial basis of issue
(BOI) for the AMCU system
will be split between mem-
bers of the ADF who use a
combat uniform in the “raise,
train, sustain” and operation-
al environments, those who
are only issued for opera-
tional use, and those in the
Army Reserve. The BOI uses
a non-tiered approach pro-
moting the methodology that
every soldier is an expert in
The BOI is based on a
3-Field: 3-Combat ratio.
It covers all regular Army
personnel, Army Reserve
personnel employed on
continuous full-time service
(CFTS) or operations, close
combatant troops in the Air
Force (such as security force
personnel), close combatant
troops in the Navy (such as
clearance divers), and all Air
Force and Navy elements
deployed in a land environ-
ment on warlike operations.
The BOI is based on a
2-Field: 2-Combat ratio. It
covers all Army Reserve
personnel, excluding those
employed on operations or
The BOI is based on a
3-Field: 0-Combat ratio. It
covers all Air Force and
Navy personnel who are
deployed on non-warlike
operations, excluding close
ARMY HQ has worked closely with Capability Acquisition and
Sustainment Group and industry to develop a roll-out plan
that matches financial resources with industry capacity.
The issue of the AMCU to all Army, selected Air Force and
Navy personnel is to be conducted through a staged roll-out,
by priority and region.
To date the roll-out has delivered AMCU uniforms to opera-
tions, non-operational overseas positions and 1 Div.
AMCU was rolled out to members of 1 Bde, enablers and
Regional Force Surveillance Units last month. These issues
will be followed by Socomd in January 2017.
Uniforms will be issued to members through their regional
clothing store or CICKS where possible.
For further details and the detailed roll-out plan refer to
DCA Directive 3/16.
August 11, 2016
Pte Chris Di
Florio, left, and
wear the AMCU
Photo by WO2 Andrew
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