Special Forces Wear “Tiger Stripe” Camouflage From The 1960’s During Training


During a recent training exercise with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Operators with the U.S. Army’s 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were donning a mix of Multicam and Vietnam-era “Tiger Stripe” camouflage.

The 1960’s throwback threads were noticed while NCOs from 5th Group conducted a two-week exercise with elements of the 101st, including cavalry units from the 101’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. 

With coyote brown helmets and Multicam plate carriers in addition to the unofficial camouflage of Vietnam-era SF, this aesthetically-pleasing mixture will no doubt be replicated in the near future. Color patches were also featured.

Various battle drills, mission planning, casualty care, and several blank-fire raids were also conducted during reconnaissance training. 

Surrounded by combat-seasoned 101st Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 5th Group utilized the 101st as not only a training and recruiting asset but also as an exercise to inspire troops to join the Special Forces.