first published on September 23, 2019 by Funker
Green Berets of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were pictured wearing Vietnam War era tiger stripe uniforms during a joint exercise in August on Fort Campbell.
“These uniforms were nonstandard in nature, which demonstrates the uniqueness of U.S. Army Special Forces and their mission,” said US Army Special Operations Command spokesman LTC Loren Bymer in a Stars and Stripes article.
The jungle themed pattern was adopted from the South Vietnamese Army by US Special Forces, Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols, and other advise and assist type military units who operated in unconventional capacities.
The pattern’s horizontal “stripes” were designed to trick the observer’s eye into unconsciously sliding past the wearer without detection.
The tiger stripe uniform is not likely to be worn in an operational capacity, especially considering the brightly colored formal unit patches sewn on them.
The 5th Group “Legionnaires” were likely donning the unique uniforms to differentiate themselves from the conventional units they were training. This allows them to retain the attention of their partner forces as well give a clear signal to locally-based power tripping senior NCOs that “these are not the droids you’re looking for.”