After eight years and a reported $5 billion in development, the U.S. Army is ditching its pixelated-looking uniform in favor of something that doesn’t look like it was borrowed from the “Contra” Nintendo game. The design, known as the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), has failed at doing what camo should do: Hide our soldiers. “If we can see our own guys across a distance because of it, then so can our enemy,” one Army specialist said. According to insiders, the design was selected after the Marines had switched to an eye-catching pixel-driven pattern. “That’s what this really comes down to,” the editor of Soldier Systems Daily said. “‘We can’t allow the Marine Corps to look more cool than the Army.’”
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