The Army has produced and battle-tested more than 10,000 sets of its new Army Combat Uniform. Eighteen changes were made to the uniform, to include removing the color black and adapting the digital print from the Marine Corps uniform. The current colors are green and sandy brown. Patches, tabs and name tapes are affixed with Velcro, eliminating the cost of sewing them on. Soldiers can remove them before laundering, which will add to their lifecycle. The black beret will be the normal headgear, but a matching patrol cap may be worn at commanders’ discretion. At $88 per uniform, about $30 more than the BDU, Soldiers will eventually reap gains in money and time by not having to take uniforms to the cleaners or shine boots. The ACU will replace both versions of the BDU and the desert camouflage uniform. The Army expects to complete fielding of the ACU by December 2007.