TAN VERSUS GREEN COLORATION FOR COMBAT UNIFORMS IN HOT-DRY AND HOT-WET TERRAINS
ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA
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The military advantages of any specific camouflage coloration for hot-dry and hot-wet terrains when applied to combat uniforms were studied. A series of live model observations were conducted in sites located in the Southwestern United States and in the Panama Canal Zone. These observations compared the thresholds of detection and the relative conspicuousness of the whole and various individual portions of combat uniform ensembles in four primary colors--Khaki No. 1, Tan 112, Green 116, Olive Green 107. There is a significant military advantage gained from the use of tan coloration in hot-dry terrains deserts and green coloration in hot-wet tropical areas. Light tan coloration provides significantly superior camouflage over green and olive-drab colors for combat uniforms used in desert hot-dry and semidesert terrains. Medium dark yellow-green coloration provides significantly superior camouflage over the tan and khaki colors for combat uniforms in tropical hot-wet terrains.
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