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Get Your Head Straight, Soldier!

2006-02-11 23:09:23.218214+00 by petronius 1 comments

The military always has a policy for everything. In this little PDF from Lackland Air Force Base, Special Forces troopers are instructed how to get their beret to look sufficiently martial. Among the tools needed are some disposable razors to shave the nap off the felt. I would think that in this age of advanced technology the Pentagon could order de-napped felt right from the factory. I suppose this is the modern equivalent of the "50-mission crush" B-17 pilots cultivated while bombing the Krauts.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-02-12 07:49:18.689525+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

I think it's mostly about feeling part of a "gang". When I was in Basic Training, our Drill Sergeant made sure we knew how to properly "form" a baseball cap when they were handed out for some Base celebration day. Anyone who didn't wear a cap with the bill rolled was "wrong" - in all senses of the word.