Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sound Off On Uniforms

Navy Times wants to hear from the Navy community (that includes vets too!) what you think about the new enlisted khakis. I touched on this a couple of weeks ago. I know change is inevitable but the US military seems to be hell bent on haggling with tailors on new uniforms while we have bigger fish to fry.

I forgot to mention the Coast Guard's recent tune up of the ODU. They call their fatigues "operational" vs. "battle" dress uniforms. The Coasties can now leave their shirttails untucked. If you're in the USCG, USCGR or the Auxiliary you can pick up the old uniforms at fire sale prices.

Not to be outdone by all of this maritime change, the Army has announced the death of the office greens. The venerable old blues will now be used in their place. Though, come to think of it, I don't ever see the doggies in green. They apparently get to wear BDU's everywhere while Marines can't stop to get gas on the way home from the base in them.

While the cover story the DoA is pushing talks about the history of the blues going back to the days of the horse cavalry and Washington's Continentals, I tend to remember the blue uniform as the one that burned down the South during the War of Northern Aggression.

The Army could use a regional variant for use in the South to avoid unearthing bad memories. The Citadel uses a nice, welcoming uniform.

Anyway, if you are interested in keeping up on the latest uniform changes, check out Military Uniform Gouge.

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