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The coloration, style, and pattern of camouflage has evolved over it's many years of use. Each generation of camouflage pattern, with the exception of a few failures, is more effective at concealment that the pattern it replaces. These patterns have been evolving since the inception of camouflage itself.

As camouflage must be colored and patterned specifically for it's area of intended use, it stands to reason that there are many different patterns. The "scrambled egg" type pattern utilized by Egypt differs greatly from the "palm frond" pattern used by Indian forces. While some nations have developed patterns specifically designed to blend in in their specific region, still others use a pattern developed by United States military that is suitable for the terrain in their country. The United States military currently utilizes five different patterns. These patterns are a result of careful design as well as years of field testing.

In the years since world war two, many different military camouflage patterns have been used and subsequently scrapped as soon as a more effective pattern is discovered. For example: The Desert Battle Dress Uniform which is commonly known as "cookie dough camouflage" was developed in the nineteen sixties for use in the middle east. When it was finally used in the Gulf War, it was discovered that the black spots which cave the pattern it's chocolate chip appearance, also increased contrast, and made the pattern ineffective. As a result, it was replaced in the late nineties with the desert camouflage used in the two-thousand-three invasion of Iraq.

The newest pattern to be utilized by the United States is called MARPAT, which is short for "Marine Disruptive Pattern. This next-generation camouflage pattern uses a pixel system to imitate the surrounding environment. It is currently in use by United States forces in Iraq.