Uniforms are an important part of life for both soldiers and the military. For the soldiers, it’s what they wear, every day that they report to duty. For the military, and especially the higher ups, it’s a way to make their mark on the service, and a very visible one, before they retire.
And usually, it’s not for the better.
Navy Discontinues Navy Working Uniform Type I Uniform
Last week, the Navy announced that they would be discontinuing their blue camouflage uniforms, nicknamed “blueberries.”
Trust soldiers to come up with an insulting nickname.
The uniform popped up when all the services were trying to show they were unique by coming up with their own camouflage (blame the Marines. They started it). But if you served on a ship, what good would camouflage do?
Needless to say, the uniform wasn’t much liked. The Army also changed its uniform not too long ago.
The Army excursion into uniform change: the beret
I was still in the Army when the much hated berets were introduced. It was a hat that never made sense. The one we originally wore was like a square off ball cap with a brim. Perfect for doing details and grubby work. It wasn’t very expensive, and it could be thrown in the wash when the brim got all sweaty. Also could be folded up and stuck in a pocket.
It was wool and had this leather band around the bottom. Cost a lot for a hat. Had to be dry cleaned. Really? Let’s see, I went to the field and it rained for the entire week. Then there was Desert Storm where the sweat didn’t just transfer to the hat; it imprinted. A fussy beret would not have worked.
Somehow, no one thought about anything beyond what it looked like.
How do military personal get the new uniforms?
The military does not make the soldiers rush out and buy the new uniforms, which would be quite a hardship. There’s a fairly long period where the old uniforms can wear out and be replaced by the new styles.
An interesting bit of trivia: Despite being in the military for so many years, I cannot spell camouflage! I had it three times above, and not one was spelled correctly. It’s a very confusing word!