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Should Armed Services Have a Common Combat Camouflage?

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Some lawmakers want to push the military services, which currently have 10 types of camouflage uniforms, to agree on a common combat camouflage uniform.

It struck me as ridiculous when you are comparing it to the fact that were being asked to look at raising Tricare copays, and were looking at pushing modernization of the National Guard and Reserves equipment ... further to the right, she said. We cant blow this much money on uniforms.

Punaro said the value of an esprit de corps shouldnt be so simply dismissed.

I dont think we want to try to change the culture, history and tradition of the services and turn them into something they are not, he said.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ted Stroup echoed Punaros concern.

Stroup said he believed Enyart and Duckworth are trying to make this as controversial as the military bands. For esprit purposes, for identification among allies, you really need to have field uniforms among the services. It is a delineation of difference between the services; its done more for esprit de corps than utilization.

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