Military Gear Detail
If the Military can easily produce and test multiple style's of camouflage uniforms they can more easily produce the most effective options for different areas of operation. It has been reported that Dartmouth University in conjunction the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Systems are working on a project to develop a means of printing camouflage onto Mil-Spec fabric much like you would print a picture on your inkjet printer at home.
Each branch of the military has extensive analysis involved with choosing the newest camouflage that would be of best use for their uniforms. This requires extensive field testing of the clothing and must have samples on hand in order to properly see how a soldier's uniform reacts under different scenarios in various terrains. For a manufacturer to run a profitable business, they must create fabric in bulk given the current screen printing process.
As it stands now many new camouflage patterns are developed and mass produced for civilian purchase. You will find many suppliers selling this clothing to hunters, airsoft or paint ball fans, ex-military, or for general wear for those that love the camouflage patterned clothing. It is also utilized by law enforcement officers, SWAT teams, prison guards, and security services who are looking for a tactical clothing that also has a multi-purpose use.