Monthly Archives: June 2013

Personal Camouflage: It Doesn’t Stop with Clothing and Equipment

Look around the web to various sites on tactical training.  Check the pictures of participants if any are offered.

What do you see besides descriptions of well-done small unit tactics, combat riflecraft, patrolling or other SHTF skill sets?

Typically well-chosen field uniform patterns that blend in to the surrounding terrain well.  Majority of rifles and equipment similarly patterned.

Exceptions:  Hands exposed by wearing no gloves or no paint (when wearing gloves, solid black is as bad as not painting or wearing gloves at all….) and nice clean faces.  Not even a matching or coyote bandanna.

That’s not good, because it underscores a false sense of security that if a good clothing pattern is worn, equipment is painted, and gloves are worn, the human attempting to avoid detection won’t be seen.  Just as in small unit tactics or combat riflecraft, understanding the concepts and principles of camouflage, cover and concealment aren’t enough.  The participant has to apply the concepts and principles every time in order to make the knowledge become second nature, and thus, usable in a situation where the skill is needed.

Reasons folks don’t actually paint up?  Well, the one DTG staff have heard the most is this:  “It’s a pain in the a$$….”  Another good one, when honest answers are given, is:  “I’ll cake that stuff on in a real situation, but for now, I don’t want to….”

Some folks will try to do the easy thing by using a bandanna, but that doesn’t work well except in emergency situations as they have a tendency to fall down below the nose leaving the cheekbones and forehead exposed.  The camouflage hoods have a tendency to restrict vision if the eyeholes are too small, and if they’re too big, there’ll be two really nice pink circles equally spaced apart on that bush the wearer is trying to emulate.

Bottom line:  If you’re going to the expense of camouflaging your weapon and equipment and buying a good clothing pattern, go the rest of the way, even in a training class you’re paying for, and paint your exposed skin.  Get some gloves that blend in to the surrounding terrain.  If you don’t know how to do it, practice at home, or ask your instructor for some tips.  These guys are professionals.  They’ll help you.  After all, they’re teaching cover and concealment in everything else their courses offer.

As we go forward, and DTG’s classes are  conducted, we’ll make sure to have any pictures posted demonstrate the concepts above.