Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Just in time for summer: Army gets rid of stupid Berets, caps back in

Image: The black beret, which proved deeply unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap

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!


Rose said...

Off topic, but, worth mentioning: The Margaret Thatcher snub story: This story, it turns out, is a HOAX.

as reported by Nile Gardiner
I have spoken to Lady Thatcher’s Private Office regarding the story, and they confirm that the attack on Sarah Palin definitely did not come from her office, and in no way reflects her views. As a former aide to Margaret Thatcher myself, I can attest that this kind of thinking is entirely alien to her, and that such remarks would never be made by her office. She has always warmly welcomed like-minded figures in the United States, and has in the past met with numerous US presidential candidates and political dignitaries when they have visited London. But at the age of 85 she is now able to receive very few visitors at all.

There was never any snub of Sarah Palin by Lady Thatcher’s office. However, there has been a great deal of mischief-making and unpleasantness from sections of the liberal press in a vain and futile attempt to use Margaret Thatcher’s name to smear a major US politician

So now all these people who used a fictitious account of Margaret Thatcher refusing to meet with Palin to belittle Palin now will apologize to Palin, right?

And then to Lady Thatcher, right?

Margaret Thatcher did not ‘snub’ Sarah Palin: The truth about the Iron Lady and the former Governor of Alaska

Nile Gardiner
Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator. He appears frequently on American and British television and radio, including Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, Sky News, and NPR.

Dave Stancliff said...

So whose office responded with that quote, "She's a crazy lady?" Someone did.

No doubt this story was blown up to heckle Palin. She asked if she could stop by, and the old gal wasn't up to it. sounds reonable to me.

I do apologize for being so quick to run the intial story. Guess my bias got the better of me!