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Should There Be A Common Combat Uniform For All Branches Of US Military?

Photo credit: Government Accountibility Office

Different types of camouflage.

The different branches of the U.S. military currently use ten different patterns of camouflage for their uniforms. But under a measure passed Wednesday by the House Armed Services Committee, the services would have to agree on one common pattern.

The Military Times reports it was two combat veterans from Illinois, Rep. Bill Enyart and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who authored the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the different branches of the U.S. military to agree on a joint combat uniform.

The independent, non-partisan Government Accountability Office recently released a report that found the four different branches of the military using numerous different camouflage uniforms was a key example of government waste, according to NBC News.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, told NBC News:

“When you look at combat fatigues it's like a microcosm of the whole problem. Combat fatigues are an example of how, left to its own devices, government creates more complication, and it's up to Congress to reign them in and to make them concentrate and only do one thing.”

The measure must still pass the full House, and the Senate.

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