The US Army wants to use hemp to make sniper uniforms

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The military branch is conducting research into the best ways to use hemp

Since the existence of war, there is also the need to hide from the enemy, so the function of camouflage is very simple. It is used to hide yourself and your equipment from the adversary. This gives a person the ability to go unnoticed in an area or situation. Hemp now seems to be gaining traction in the design of these suits as the US Army has shown interest in the textile benefits of the plant to make more effective sniper uniforms.

Camouflage clothing has two basic elements that help conceal a person: color and pattern. Camouflage is usually made of muted tones that match the predominant colors of the surrounding environment. While Army soldiers cannot use cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp, the military branch has now requested information about the possibility of using hemp yarn in uniforms to help snipers achieve these two elements.

A request for information was released last week whereby the Army has shown interest in exploring alternative materials in order to improve the uniforms snipers wear to hide from enemy combatants in close proximity. Both jute and hemp are among the materials that experts in the department believe could optimize “Operational and Individual Clothing for the Improved Ghillie System (IGS).”

“Interest is specifically in a yarn/twine/thread used to break up the Snipers outline made from Jute, Hemp, or similar natural fiber,” the notice says. While many have associated hemp with its derivatives, such as CBD oil, there has begun to be great interest in its industrial applications, especially given its unique durability, versatility and low environmental impact. The military now hopes to leverage that to analyze its potential to better camouflage its snipers.