Nice to see the Army is going back to it’s old patrol cap. I never did like those stupid Berets. Thankfully, back when I was in we had the patrol caps and bush/boonie hats in Vietnam.
Of course, those crazy Green Berets and other elite Army units wore the Beret. That made them feel special. Go figure. But it was their thing. If they wanted to look like those French sissies…I said let em!
Ten years ago former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki surprised troops in 2000 when he announced a shift to the beret from the utilitarian cap as a "symbol of unity" and a way to boost morale. But it irritated those elite units I mentioned who were given tan, green or maroon berets as badges of honor.
Army soldiers are gleeful they can ditch the ill-fitting black wool berets they've worn for years and go back to their old, brimmed patrol caps. Army Secretary John McHugh ordered the change to take effect Tuesday, which also happens to be the service's 236th birthday.
The change is one of several uniform adjustments, including allowing soldiers to either sew or use Velcro to attach uniform insignia, rank and name tags. In the past, badges had to be pinned on, a lengthy process that meant a ruler had to be used to keep them in line.
At ease troops! Time to go back to the good old American soft cap!