Camouflage Helmet Emoji proposed to Unicode

The Unicode Consortium are considering a new camouflage helmet emoji thanks to a new proposal.
A camouflage helmet emoji has been proposed to the Unicode Consortium - giving users a potential way to describe combat, adversity or stealth.

Proposed by Jace Voracek, the nine page document argues the need for a military helmet style emoji - suggesting that the symbol would fit in the clothing section of the current emoji standard.

The proposal starts with the history of the camouflage helmet, tracing the head gear’s roots to 900 BC in ancient Assyria. As the document details, the current green camouflage design was adopted in World War I and has been used in this form ever since.

Pictures are then shown of current helmet designs, showing off the distinct green and brown colouring. An example of the emoji’s design is then displayed, showing a military style helmet with the familiar patches of dark green and mottled brown.

In terms of usage, it is expected that a camouflage helmet could see a high uptake, particularly with family and friends of those serving in the armed forces. Search data is then compared, with the term “soldier” showing a much higher value of search results compared to similar terms that are already emojis, for example police officers.

Examples of the helmet in sequencing are then displayed, primarily showing occasions where a soldier might be deployed at a location. For example; a family emoji, with a Christmas tree and the helmet could suggest that the soldier is coming home for Christmas. While a phone with the helmet could suggest a phone call home.

Sequencing the helmet with a man or a woman could further suggest the sex of the soldier should the user need this option. The proposal then wraps up with some examples of demand on social media and a final suggestion of the emoji's placing, which could fall somewhere between the prayers beads and the rescue worker helmet emoji. 
Lauren Williams 17 September 2018

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