The Marines call it pride. Others would say they are so vain and cost taxpayers money, and could cost other American warriors their lives.David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post does an excellent job of connecting the dots on how interservice rivalry costs millions of taxpayer dollars to outfit troops with camouflage uniforms.
Stories about uniforms are usually superficial, what shines in Fahrenthold’s piece is connecting the cost, to the evolution from two uniforms to 10, and how potentially American lives could be lost — all because of vanity.
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.
Read the complete story at The Washington Post.