WASHINGTON — The Army has chosen the new camouflage pattern for its combat uniform, according to news reports.The service has not officially announced its decision, but anonymous Army officials told and Army Times that the Scorpion pattern has been selected to replace the current Universal Camouflage Pattern. of the Army Raymond Chandler III has been briefing senior sergeants major throughout the Army about the new pattern for the Army Combat Uniform.When contacted by Stars and Stripes, Army officials would not confirm that the Scorpion pattern had been chosen. It is unclear when the Army will officially announce its decision or when soldiers will begin wearing the new uniform design.

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The service was reportedly planning on announcing its decision last year, but a provision in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act dictated that the services could not field new service-specific camouflage uniforms. Mortlock, project manager for Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, said that the service had completed “the most extensive uniform camouflage testing in history,” which involved thousands of soldiers, including those deployed in Afghanistan.

Lawmakers are requiring all the services to adopt and field similar combat uniforms by October 2018, although the mandate does not apply to special forces. “We have testimonials from soldiers in theater close enough to the enemy to hear them saying they can’t see the American [when they’re wearing the new camouflage patterns]. That’s a combat multiplier,” according to Mortlock.

“The bottom line is the enemy can’t kill, hurt or injure who they can’t see,” Mortlock said.

The Army is looking to field a new family of camouflage patterns tailored to unique environments, including separate patterns designed for arid, transitional semi-wooded, or heavily wooded terrain.

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Soldiers participate in uniform field testing at Fort Bliss Training Center on Sept. The soldiers tested multiple uniforms for their thermal reflection during both the day and night.

The Army has chosen a new camouflage pattern called "Scorpion" for its combat uniform, according to news reports on May 27, 2014.

The decision to field and develop an alternative camouflage for uniforms came out of the realization that its current UCP did not meet all of the concealment needs for Afghanistan’s multiple regions, according to the Army.