|As the war was gradually being turned over to the South Vietnamese and large scale American withdrawals occured, more "recon in force" operations were conducted to keep the enemy off balance. This placed greater demands on the Long Range Patrol (LRP) units of the Marines found at both force and division levels. Marine recon units relied on stealth, communication, and firepower to hit the enemy's rear areas. This recon soldier is equipped for one of these operations with an assortment of personal and team equipment.
Towards the end of the war, the more effective ERDL leaf pattern camouflage largely replaced the Tiger-Stripe uniforms. It was found that the ERDL provided effective camouflage in the jungle, mountain, savanna and rice paddy regions of Vietnam. ERDL is an acronym for the U.S Army's Engineering, Research and Development Laboratories that created the pattern. His boonie hat is also of ERDL camouflage rip stop material and was known for having a larger than normal brim. These brims were usually cut down or folded up on the sides to give the wearer better visibility. The ERDL camouflage was nicknamed "frog & leaf" by the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam. It was the predecessor to the current U.S. "woodland" uniform pattern.