A rarely-accessible photo of a soldier kitted up in an earlier version of Scorpion (SoldierSystems.net)
The 'stay the same' aspect comes into play because Scorpion was an earlier concept developed by Crye Associates leading to the popular MultiCam design, which the bureaucrats, being bureaucrats, refer to as Operation Enduring Freedom [Afghanistan] Camouflage Pattern, or OCP.At first glance, the two designs appear practically identical when seen in isolation, somewhat less so side by side.It becomes more confusing because the old Scorpion design was rejected during the first phases of the project back in 2004.
The updated Scorpion design tends to use some of the base colors (there are seven to choose from) as more predominant, particularly the Coyote variations, a type of brown initially chosen by the Marines in their development of their MARPAT design while doing research in the Ralph Lauren collection at a local Home Depot.There are also some vertical elements of the MultiCam design that are eliminated in Scorpion.
No official announcement has been made, only communications through the Command Sergeant Major channels.Perhaps by the usual date of the Army birthday, 14 June?
Faithful readers know that the Army was originally due to make an announcement last year on that date but was forestalled by the Enyart-Duckworth amendment to the NDAA, which requires an eventual common uniform pattern for all of the Defense Department, in a cost-saving measure that is to overcome the current ensemble of ten different camouflage uniforms available to the four services of DoD.Close examination of the language (§351) provides some cover for the Army because this can be considered 'transitional'.Note that the new Scorpion, being so similar, will still be called OCP.
What appears to be the winning factor, a good effort at tweaking the original in the intervening decade, is the function of the uniform in the various spectra of infra-red, and the link above provides good evidence of that.For those of you who work at night, you should be attired accordingly.
The dates for planning are still minimal and are simply soft estimates awaiting some official fine tuning, but a hypothesis is that, considering a start-up at the current square zero, initial issue of MultiCam (already in the system but production lines need to be re-started) service-wide should begin in FY 2016.Scorpion can begin to show up by May 2015.
Complications to overcome include the fact that there are different versions of MultiCam, such as field ready and garrison, and variations in quality (and expense) down range.Fleshing out the Army with stop-gap MultiCam while bringing in the replacement Scorpion will probably take something like eight years.
***** Update:Military Times provides some amplifying information about the Scorpion W2, including a small swatch of the material.Sources speculate that the name could change in the near future.
The pattern displayed cuts back on the biege and brown colors to result in a type that falls in between a woodland and desert environment, likely applicable to future output of web gear as well as garrison and field uniforms.Deploying troops could be issued variations on the coloration to adapt to jungle, woodland, desert or mountain terrain.
***** Update: A more recent example of the pattern now rendered in a uniform, as published on Military.com: