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Berating the Beret


Ten years ago the U.S. Army decided, as part of an initiative to “erase the distinctions between heavy and light forces,” that all soldiers would wear a black beret as part of their combat uniform. Many in the 75th Ranger Regiment protested the decision as the black beret had been their symbol. A tan beret was authorized to keep the Rangers distinct. However, the black beret has now been pulled, ultimately a casualty of impracticality. Soldiers found the wool beret hot and it offered no shade to compensate. They needed two hands to put it on and had to also bring a cap along when their field work required it. The army patrol cap is now once again the default head covering for the Army combat uniform.

Written by ltao

June 15th, 2011 at 12:12 am

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