OCP uniforms, in 2015, adopted this pattern for its uniform. The Air Force and the Space Force also followed, thereby making OCPs inevitable. This includes coats, patrol caps, and trousers keeping in regulations. These are considered special uniforms as they are made in specialized polyester, nylon, and cotton blend. It offers the much-required water and fire resistance to offer safety.
There are breathable options in this fabric and will keep cool even in sweltering operation environments. The uniform clothing was not easier, and now it is accepted as the best uniforms.
By June 2020, it is anticipated of all airmen to undergo this transition and to change to brown coyote boots. The boots in sage green worn with ABUs by airmen, or even the desert sand boots worn with OCPs, will be restricted from now on. It will not be permitted. By April 2021, OCP uniforms will be worn by all airmen.
A quick run-down of OCP regulations
- The commanders are allowed to roll up their sleeves on the OCP coat, but the cuffs will be visibility, and the sleeve can rest on that. It can be within an inch such that the arm bends at 90-degree with ease. The cuffs are expected to always be visible, whether you roll the sleeves or keep it unrolled.
- Badges or patches are not stuck to the pockets in the front.
- The OCP uniform coat can be removed in the work area if required as per the leadership, but the OCP coat will be on as you interact with clients or customers
- Alterations affecting the uniform functionality are not permitted, such as sewing the pockets or down collars.
- Airmen will wear organizational badges and patches with basic configuration as reconfigured or developed.
- Rank Insignia is a must for all personnel.
- Airmen can use Velcro or sew-on as a backing for the name tape, U.S. Air Force tape, and rank. The rank and tapes should be all Velcro or all sewn. Airmen should not mix Velcro tapes and the sew-on. The Velcro patches on the OCP coat left, and right sleeves are authorized.
- Occupational badges are expected to be worn above the U.S. Air Force tape by ½ inch as cantered using on the background of the OCP spice brown embroidery. The badge represents the current position of an airman to be worn first, while optional is the second badge. The other qualification or occupational patches and badges are regarded as optional.
- From April 2019, spice brown will be for the officer rank insignia; while black for the rank insignia first lieutenant and lieutenant colonel. The U.S. Air Force tapes and Name is mandatory for all the personnel, and everything will appear in spice brown.
- Joint qualification tabs are allowed to be worn as a third patch above the unit patch.
The Air Force will be increasing the allowance of clothing for the Airmen by $20 by fall so that it matches the OCP design increased price. This was announced by the Air Force director. The new boots will match the older boots price, the one worn with ABUs, the sage green color boots, so that the new Coyote brown boots.
The OCP uniform pants withstand the combat wear and tear. Besides, it promotes a professional, neat appearance. OCP began for the Army as uniform, and now it is also for the Airmen used in the Air Force.
The OCP pants will have 8 pockets such that it will include two pockets in the lower leg and two cargo pockets. This will give enough storage so that during an operational setting, it helps. The stitching is in military-grade, and the knees are reinforced. Knee reinforced in the pants means this pant can drag through, and it will not give up the integrity. Adding to this, the nylon-cotton fabric is durable that it offers maximum protection and concealment, regardless of the environment.
Features of OCP Pants
- The OCP pants represent the scorpion operational camouflage pattern.
- There are seven strong belt loops
- Two cargo pockets featuring button closure.
- One-button closure 2 numbers in the lower leg pockets
- Air Force and U.S. Army approved
- Reinforced knees to sustain through drags
- Traditional butt
- Fabric with nylon 50%/cotton ripstop 50%