Army beret to be dumped in favor of more practical caps

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    Army beret to be dumped in favor of more practical caps

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    Always hated the beret

    Americans do not wear berets
     
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    It was a Clinton creation. It's ironic that the Beret was authorized for the US Army by a draft dodger and initially manufactured in China. Maybe it was a coincidence that the famous photo of comrade Che Guivera (the darling of the liberal establishment) showed him wearing a black beret.
     
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    The funniest part for is that Navy sailors would kill to swap the dixie cup for the berret.

    Seriously, if they get to dump a cool cover like the berret, we should get to toss that fucking dixie cup
     
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    AAAW, I'm disappointed to hear that; Why, I thought the dixie cups and jumpers were most appropriate for you squidlings; the perfect, cute little uniform for Uncle Sam's "spoiled and pampered pets", as it were.

    At any rate, now maybe the army will leave the berets to those soldiers who have actually EARNED them. Imagine that.
     
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    I could never get that fuckin' thing to stay on my head.

    As I recall from bootcamp, the idea of the dixie cup was to provide some floatation should you fall overboard. Assuming, of course, the goofy thing stayed on your head on the way down.

    Luckily, I was in the aviation branch so we got to wear ballcaps with our working uniforms.
     
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    You are correct!! It was a floatation device.

    Just imagine you and a shipmate have just been washed overboard by a large wave. While you are deperatly trying to tread water, the ships crewman is calmly floating along on his dixie cup. :lol:

    I seriously kept a straight face the whole time I typed that.

    As you may recall, it was watertight. Whenever it rained on you, it would fill up, and since the front was worm lower than the back, it would run down your face and under your jacket.

    Fortunatly, I was on subs and was allowed to wear a crew cap while in my dungarees.
     
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    Those berets look gay.
     
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    Beret is gay...

    To this day, nothing beats the 25-mission crush cap.

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    Didn't surprise me that GEN Shinseki thought it might be a good idea to have everyone in black berets; general officers tend to talk themselves into thinking like that. What surprised me most of all was that CSM Tilley went along with it. I served with the good CSM, and he was always no-nonsense. While some CSMs might tell their bosses, "Sir, perhaps you should consider other alternatives," Tilley wasn't afraid to say, "Sir, that's about the stupidest fucking idea I ever heard of...what's next? Garter belts!"

    Fortunately, my retirement was already in motion before the beret was implemented as the universal headwear.
     

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