Without kicking the "Mil-Spec vs. commercial" horse too much more, I found something interesting yesterday. The only paracord colors with NSNs assigned are Natural (white), Red, and Camo Green. Unless I am badly mistaken, this means that these are the only three colors ordered with any regularity by the U.S. military. That is not to say that there is not, somewhere, a spool of Coyote Brown cord in service in some military unit. But, it is obviously uncommon for any other colors to be used. I even found threads on the Army Property forum where guys were complaining that they couldn't find an NSN for black or tan cord in order to requisition it. It makes sense, as the only cord I've ever seen as true surplus has always been camo green, usually cut from a parachute with the ends left frayed and daisy-chained together. Anyway, this type of information intrigues me. This also leads me to believe that the MIL-C-5040H compliant cord that you see being made in colors like Coyote, Foliage, Orange, Sea Blue, etc. is not being made with the DOD in mind as a customer. I wonder who actually buys these colors in enough quantity to warrant their manufacture. Feel free to chime in if you have different info or some insight on the matter.