Where’d That Uniform Arise from?

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Remember playing hide and seek with your two-year-old niece? You’d meet on the couch and speak about how the game was gonna go down. She understood you were after her, and she was going to tuck herself away somewhere, and fast.

But.

The really awesome thing concerning it was when you went searching. Even when she was “hiding,” you could walk into a room and see her outline against the window in which she was standing behind the curtain. You may have found the little bump that was her underneath the covers on the bed, although she was being sooooo sneaky. And even though you claimed not to see her awhile, it was apparent. (This was especially true when she employed the classic move: that time when she called out from her hiding place, “Come find me!” Always a plus.).

Cute pigtails, wide grin, that contagious laugh. The way her laughing eyes looked back at you as she went to base. Mostly adorable, although she wasn’t much for competition.

Play a game with her ten years after, though, and times will have switched. She’ll know what’s going on, and she’ll likely give you a run for your money … utilizing maximizing secret spots in the house you never even knew existed. And you frankly might walk right past her in her hiding spot, again and again again, and not know it.

Back in the day, armies wore uniforms that didn’t hide them at all. Much like your niece’s feet sticking out from under the bed and making her location clear, the uniforms rendered an army completely conspicuous, bold colors loudly announcing their presence.

This was mainly a product of how armies collaborated to battle, back in the day. Historically, opposing armies often met up close, marching to face each other on the front lines. Nowadays, however, warfare often occurs from more of a distance, and military uniforms are an attempt to render individuals inconspicuous, like playing with your older nieces and nephews, or participating in an all-adults hide and seek game in a huge park at night.

When the United States buckled down about camouflage, they selected individuals that they called camofleurs, people whose job emphasized coming up with a pattern that would help fit the uniform into the surrounding background. Gradually, the uniforms have become more advanced, designed for specific army operations and the locations where they occur (such as developing a uniform to blend into the sandy terrain and colors of the Middle East, for example). Today they employ digital camouflage patterns as well.

And uniforms aren’t the only things that are camouflaged in these times. Ships, buildings, military combat vehicles… all of these are camouflaged at different times, too. As technology has progressed, military strategies have become more highly developed and researched, and this incorporates camouflage for uniform clothing and other things at the same time.

It’s an intriguing story and if you’d like to find out more and remember through some fascinating photos of the journey check out these articles.

For a brief “picture essay” of various uniforms and helmets, this is a nice stop. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/slideshow/2015/11/10/history-camouflage-in-pictures.html#/slide/british-army-khaki.

For more pictures, including one of the ghillie suit, check out this link. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/06/a-brief-history-of-military-camouflage/240291/#slide5.

For a discussion about the development of the camouflage department of the military, camouflage patterns going mainstream and being worn by the general public, and the disguising of other things (buildings, equipment, etc.), this is a nice read by Time magazine. http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1906083,00.html.

For a timeline of camouflage development beginning in the late 1800s, go here. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/08/01/history-camouflage-military-united-states/13485491/.

This article gives a history from back in the day (when solid color khaki was used) all the way to the technology and sophistication put in to today’s uniforms. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/10/21/evolution-us-military-camouflage-from-basic-green-and-khaki-to-digital-patterns-and-beyond.html.

Figuring out the history of something that has become commonplace to us is intriguing and gives a framework for where we stand in history.

The military uniform is a design of sacrifice and devotion to country, and we are proud to transport the service men and women of our country. For whichever military transportation need that might arise, we are only a call away!

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