Frequently Asked Questions
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The official line as of 2014 (and going forward to today) is that they like the ABU (fashion) camo look on all Airmen. They also site budget constraints not allowing a complete change-over. They say that they will just borrow another field worthy uniform from another service for all Airmen they think need a camouflage uniform that is actually a working camouflage. (Doesn’t that say they agree the ABU camo design is not field worthy making it a fashion camo design?)
They also wish to save the individual Airmen the expense of a change over. However, any Airmen in a Theater of Operations will be require to have two separate uniform kits, one for show and one for go. Can that be saving Airmen from extra costs?
Speculation has it that, although it’s one mission for all in the Air Force to defend and protect the U.S., leadership doesn’t seem to deem it necessary to follow the basic team building doctrine of outfitting the entire team in the same useful uniform even though even the U.S. Army gives everyone the same uniform. From cooks to clerks, mechanics to computer techs, they all wear the same uniform because they’re all on the same team plus the uniform is a real camouflage. The statements that the Air Force is full of jobs that don’t “need” a real camouflage uniform just don’t hold water. If they did, then why doesn’t the U.S. Army also just keep their outgoing UPC design for show and put the incoming OCP design on just the soldiers that they say need it for go (field operations)? It just doesn’t make financial or military sense to have a show and a go uniform. Besides, you already have a dress uniform for special show occasions and only need another style to complete your daily mission whatever that entails.
Further speculation says that leadership figured out way too late that their show ABU camo, colored to be similar to the Army’s failed UPC design, was also a failure and there was no going back. So instead of stepping up and making the tough call to scrap the failed design and move on to a useful massive upgraded design (All Terrain Tiger) for all, they would instead use the band-aid approach and make Airmen in harms way wear another services uniform. This way leadership wouldn’t have to defend earlier bad decisions made by previous leadership and thus sweep smaller “specialty” uniform needs under the congressional budget radar. While billion dollar weapon systems may be important, you might think a few million dollars to keep our Airmen from looking like a pieced together third world nation air force would have to be somebody’s priority.
And who comes out on top? Airmen? They end up wearing a uniform that was specifically colored to be similar to the failed Army UPC design. So how does that make the ABU camo design anything but a fashion camo? Some will also be required to maintain two separate uniform wardrobes costing them plenty more. Mismatched uniform parts and equipment is also inevitable.
It could all be fixed by adopting the All Terrain Tiger design. 1) It’s not expensive. 2) It’s a top real-world working camouflage also continuing the established tiger stripe theme. 3) Equipment mismatches disappear. 4) It won’t clash or stand out from Army troops in the field. 5) Airmen will all wear the same professional looking, camouflage effective uniform thus forming that single cohesive Air Force team.
“All one mission, all one useful uniform.”
When a special uniform is made, it’s sewn at a large sewing factory with assembly lines. For one or a few special uniforms, fabric has to be inkjet or digitally printed ($75-$125 @ yard). The fabric is then hand cut and hand sewn which disrupts the regular flow of the assembly lines. The sewing contractor makes up for this by charging for this disruption. The total cost for these uniforms is typically about $800-$1000 for each set. This cost goes way up if the contractor has to change the uniform style from a style they don’t already make.
To get the price down to something more normal, the sewing contractor requires a minimum order of 500 sets with 25 pieces per required size.
Contact me if you have the need for one or five hundred+ uniforms. It can be done but be prepared for the costs.
Once fabrics have been ordered by my authorized manufacturing companies, they are shipped directly from the print factory to their sewing facilities for processing into uniform products. While some fabrics are occasionally in stock at the print factory, they are packaged in bundles of about 300 yards each. The print factory warehouse charges $100 to open a single bundle to retrieve any fabric plus, they are not in the business of cutting and shipping small quantities of fabric. This and all the shipping fees would ultimately make a few yards of fabric very expensive.
Start by giving me some idea of what you are looking for, i.e. pixel, standard, or a blend.
Next, what terrain do you wish to replicate. Terrain photos are very helpful in telling what you have in mind.
Once you have given me a direction, I’ll make some initial designs for your approval. This is a back and forth process so it does take a bit of time to complete.
As is customary in this industry, all designs remain copyrighted and will be use licensed to the customer.
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In 1997, I ceased contracting to have my own products manufactured. I no longer make, stock, or directly sell any of these products. I now license manufacturers to use my camouflage patterns for products for their own product lines. They sell these products to their dealers who then sell to the public.
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