Army Combat Uniform (ACU) worn by SGT Joseph Guenther while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan as a forward observer in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. The ACU is the current combat uniform worn by the United States Army, instituted in 2006 to succeed the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). Both the camouflage pattern and the design of the ACU are different from the BDU. The camouflage pattern, known as "Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP),” is a mixture of tan, grey and green.
The components of the Army Combat Uniform are: coat, trousers, headgear, t-shirt and footwear. The coat features a Mandarin collar, zip front with velcro reinforcement, shoulder pockets, chest pockets and elbow pad pouches; velcro above chest pockets for insignia. The trousers have a drawstring waist, cargo pockets and ankle drawstrings. The trousers are worn with a two-inch nylon web belt and have pouches for knee pad inserts. The t-shirt worn under the coat is sand-colored. Tan Army Combat boots and an Advanced Combat Helmet complete the uniform shown here.
Also shown is a Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) vest with three magazine pouches and one canteen pouch, part of the MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) System used by the U.S. Army and the Marines. The vest is designed to accommodate various pouch configurations according to usage: Riflemen, SAW gunners, Medics, to name a few. The H-Harness back is designed to allow air circulation, reducing heat buildup.