d. These new designs also lend themselves to
border lines can vary as much as 2 inches from the
standard pattern without causing loss of effectiveness.
touchup painting with better results than are now
b. The camouflage pattern consists of wavy
obtainable from touchup of the current OD vehicles.
irregular patches of color applied to the vehicle.
Slight mismatches in color will not be as noticeable as
The colors used for the patterns have been selected
they are on a solid-colored vehicle except from very
from the standard camouflage colors as shown in figure
close inspection. Likewise, minor abrasions and scaling
The standard colors are:
of surfaces will be equally inconspicuous.
Advantages. a. The new system of pattern
painting has the following major advantages:
(1) Provides ground and air observation in the
target acquisition role.
(2) Can be applied by troops with minimum
training, effort and equipment.
(3) Has effectiveness under combat conditions,
but also presents a good military appearance in garrison.
camouflage chart (fig. 3-1) and thus avoids color mixing
or tinting in the field to obtain the specified color. TB 43-
(5) Uses standard camouflage paints identifiable
by National stock number (NSN) or Military Specification
c. The patterns use only four of these colors, for any
geographic or climatic conditions. The only exception-
winter arctic, which is solid white. When changing from
camouflage techniques such as use of natural foliage.
one geographic or climatic condition to another, the
(7) Permits the changing of one or two colors to
shape of the pattern itself does not change; only one or
adapt it to seasonal and geographic changes (and avoids
two of the colors that make up the pattern change.
the need to completely repaint the vehicle for such
Figure 3-2 shows the combinations
to be used
for various seasons and climatic regions. The first and
second colors each cover about 45 per cent of the
causing mottling or color mismatches.
vehicle; the third color covers 5 per cent of the vehicle;
(9) Does not demand precise execution of the
the fourth color, normally black, covers the remaining 5
line and shape of the individual patterns; their
per cent. The location numbers 1, 2, and 3 identify the
first three colors, and are used in the pattern designs to
show what color goes where on the vehicle.