Everything in the military is created with careful thought. My battle dress uniform had buttons on the fly because, in the field, you could sew on a missing button. If a zipper broke, you’d be in trouble.
And the pants themselves were designed to be turned inside out and worn that way…which I had to do when I was on a painting detail.
Similar careful thought went into the design of the Skillcraft pen which celebrates its 50th anniversary. Every soldier I knew had a love-hate relationship with it. If you had one, it was likely someone else would walk off with it. One of my platoon sergeants reported that he had a class at one of his schools on “The Care and Accountability of the Skillcraft Pen.”
Some features you won’t find with your Bic:
- Can write in a war zone (natch!)
- Can write a linear mile before running out of ink.
- Small enough to fit in a uniform pocket
Check out the history and specs of the Skillcraft pen.