This is a Type IV BDU Coat in the 3 Color Desert Camo pattern. The coat is the same overall pattern as the Type I BDU Coat, the the change in camo pattern being the only difference. The coat has the distinctive “Elvis” collar and chest pockets that have the interior edge sewn flat. The camo pattern came about as the military found the 6 Color Desert pattern was unsuitable for operations in the Middle East, it’s intended area of use. It was already set to replace the 6 Color pattern by the time of the 1991 invasion of Iraq, but would only see limited issue and use due to limited production at the time. The coats are rugged and great for general wear for work or out in the woods.
Note on Defective: There will be unit, rank and name tape patches or noticeable areas of different fading from when they were removed. All coats are in usable condition, but may need some small repairs.
- USGI Type IV DBDU Coat, 3 Color Desert Pattern – The Type IV Desert Battle Dress Uniform coat was of the same pattern and design as the Type I coat in Woodland Camo, but in the new 3 Color Desert pattern. DCU, as it would become to be commonly known as, was created after it was found that the 6 Color Desert Camo was not a working pattern for the environment found in the Middle East. The coats would feature the large “Elvis” collar and were made out of a 50/50 Nylon and Cotton Twill material. The Type IV uniform would be issued to select units that needed the camo pattern and not widely issued. It would be replaced with the Type V Coat, which followed the same pattern as the Type III improvements would.
- 3 Color Desert Camo Pattern – Created in 1989 and issued from 1991 onwards. The 3 Color Desert Camo Pattern would be created as a result of the 6 Color Desert Camo Pattern was found to unsuitable for the terrain found in the Middle East. The camo pattern was designed to be functional in sandy and sparsely vegetated areas that are found in North Africa to Western Asia. The camo has a sand tan background with beige and earth tone waves throughout. The camo is commonly referred to as DCU or coffee stain camo. It was used across the US Military till individual service branches replaced it with modern camo patterns.
- Various Government Contractors – This item is manufactured for the US government by various contractors.
Country of Manufacture: USA – This product is manufactured in the USA.
Issue Type: USGI – These are genuine US government issued items made to military specification (mil-spec).