Camouflage for the Individual
Camouflage consists of the measures you take to conceal yourself, your equipment, and your position
from enemy observation. You may use natural and artificial materials.
Exposed skin reflects light which can be detected by the enemy. This reflection is due to the natural oil
that the skin contains. Camouflage face paint sticks are issued in three standard two-tone sticks. They
Loam and light green for troops in areas with dark green vegetation.
Sand and light green for troops use in areas lacking dark green vegetation.
Loam and white for all troops in snow-covered terrain.
Dark charcoal or lamp black for troop use if camouflage sticks are not available.
Paint the shiny areas; these are the forehead, cheekbones, nose, and chin, with a dark color. Paint the
shadow areas around the eyes, under the nose, and under the chin with a light color. Paint the
exposed skin on the back of your neck and hands. When available, use the issue-type face paint
camouflage stick to apply a two-color combination in an irregular pattern.
Mud may be used in an emergency. Keep in mind that mud changes color as it dries. It may peel off,
leaving the skin exposed. Remember, too, that mud could contain harmful bacteria. When applying
camouflage, use the buddy system. Work with another man and check each other (see Figures 7-1
Figure 7-1. Camouflage With Irregular Pattern