Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by Luigi59, Oct 19, 2011.
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Hopefully by the time I'm commissioned we'll have someone else in charge of these decisions. I don't see these "uniform" ball caps lasting that long.
Not a huge ordeal. While I like the unit ball caps, truth is, you weren't supposed to wear that unit ball cap away from your unit and when you were at you unit (especially a cutter), you rarely wore it.
The shirt move was a long time coming.
I guess my unit ball caps from DILIGENCE, ACTIVE, VIGOROUS, STURGEON BAY, CGHQ, and Station Destin are collector's items?
I can't say that having to wear an actual uniform shirt under your blouse is exactly the definition of overbearing uniform regulations. Wearing uniform items with your uniform is, well, quite normal.
As for the ball caps...that always seemed a peculiarity to us in the Army (the Navy seems to do the same thing with hats, I think). I for one thought they were neat. Too bad. But it seems from what LITS said that they were treated like Cavalry Stetsons...only to be worn in the unit area.
I noticed a guy at work today (DA civilian) with a "USCGC Storis" jacket. Something about it being the oldest cutter afloat?
Perhaps as confusing to you as Army units wearing unit ribbons and two different unit patches....
STORIS was a cutter that was decommissioned not too long ago (I believe two years ago). It was an Alaska cutter and it served in WWII. She was "Queen of the Fleet" for a long time.
The uniformed shirts that were worn under blouses were at one time unit shirts (typically with the crest of the cutter or unit in the breast pocket area). It wasn't just Joe Blow picking what shirt to wear under his ODU bouses.
From what I've seen the Coast Guard ODUs have got to be the worst breathing uniforms in the U.S. military. Heavy material, nice when fighting a fire, but not great in the overbearing sun in the summer with what feels like 1000% humidity and angry migrants adding to the "heat".
Typically underway, away from land and not engaged with other ships, cuttermen will ditch the blouses and just wear the undershirts... nice cotton shirts that are often heavy too.
ODU's are heat sinks. Surely there has to be a material that's breathable and fire protective.
As for the unit ball caps, do you think they'll still be made? i.e. we were the uniform ball cap but can still have a unit one?
Units had them made. Not sure if they still will if no one can wear them.
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