The doggies have concluded that the Marine Corps has developed the best camouflage pattern and they now are considering going ahead and simply adopting MARPAT (MARine PATtern) camouflage for use by the US Army, but the Marines have proprietary rights to the pattern and object to sharing uniforms with the Army.
Army officials have said they want soldiers to wear the best possible camouflage â€” even if that is the MARPAT. But Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent says donâ€™t count on it.
The Corps owns the rights to MARPAT and wants to retain it for its own use, Kent said late last year. Marine officials said they have no beef with anyone researching and testing MARPAT, but they want Marines distinguished from other service members on the battlefield.
â€œThe main concern for the Marine Corps when it comes to other services testing our patterns is that they donâ€™t exactly mimic them,â€ said Kent, who is scheduled to retire June 9. â€œThe MARPAT design is proprietary, and itâ€™s important those designs are reserved for Marines. We just need to make sure each of our designs is unique to each service.â€
Brig. Gen. (p) Peter Fuller, the former Program Executive Office Soldier, dismissed the territorial stance. If the pattern proves to be the best, the Army would simply remove the Corpsâ€™ signature anchor and move forward, Fuller told Army Times in his last interview as PEO Soldier.
The Corps has always tried to look different. When everyone wore the Battle Dress Uniform, the Marines rolled their sleeves differently. There are no unit patches on their sleeves. They wear different covers and boots.
But the Corpsâ€™ efforts to stay unique hit new levels late last year when the Navy â€” the department to which the Corps belongs â€” looked to MARPAT to develop its own new uniform. The new working uniform looked similar to MARPAT, but the Navy fielded the desert variant only to about 7,000 personnel assigned either to Naval Special Warfare Command or to units supporting it after Marine officials raised objections that the uniform was too similar to the Corpsâ€™.