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Army November 25, 2010
New combat cam
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
SOLDIERS deployed to Afghanistan
will have a new uniform to wear
when patrolling outside their bases.
They will wear a Multicam pat-
terned uniform during a one-year trial
after SOTG soldiers gave it the thumbs
up after wearing it in combat.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare announced this at the Land
Warfare Conference in Brisbane on
Mr Clare said the feedback from
Special Forces troops -- who have tri-
alled the combat uniform over the past
year -- was extremely positive.
"Special Forces soldiers have said
this is the uniform they want to wear,"
"The camouflage pattern provides
troops with greater levels of conceal-
ment across the range of terrains in
Afghanistan -- urban, desert and green.
"It also makes it easier for our
troops to do their job."
The Multicam shirt and trousers
have innovative features built into
them, making them safer and more
comfortable to wear than other uni-
The Multicam shirt and trousers:
have elbow and knee pads built in to
reduce soft tissue injuries;
are cooler and designed to be worn
under body armour;
have a padded waist band to make it
more comfortable under webbing or
a field pack; and
have more pockets and a stretch
fabric at the joints.
Mr Clare said Defence placed
an urgent order to the US to get the
uniforms to troops in Afghanistan as
quickly as possible.
"I have also instructed the Defence
Materiel Organisation to pursue the
purchase of a licence to provide for the
potential manufacture of this uniform
in Australia if the extended trial is suc-
cessful," Mr Clare said.
The Multicam combat uniform is
also worn by US troops in Afghanistan
New soldier combat ensemble
-- see pages 18-19
Testing times: SOTG members wearing the Multicam uniform in the training compound at Tarin Kot.
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
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