Skip to comments.What was/is your favorite military uniform?
Posted on 05/21/2006 10:33:23 AM PDT by battlegearboat
I grew up land-locked and developed an intense interest in reading sea stories from an early age. Prior to my coming along, everyone in my family who served, did so in the Army. I enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1968 at the age of 18.
One thing about serving in the military, one's wardrobe undergoes a complete overhaul, right down to the skivvies.
I remember that first day at bootcamp where I stood outside with my Company, a big pile of new clothing at my feet and a new seabag to put it in after every piece of it was stenciled with my name and number.
During my four years of active duty, I wore many uniforms as dictated by a Plan-Of-The-Day. These included: Dress Blues, Dress Whites (Tropical and Tropical Long), Dungarees (Seafarers okay), T-shirt and khaki shorts, USMC style greens in RVN, Undress Blues, boondockers, dress shoes and two styles of combat boots.
The Navy's Enlisted Dress Blue Uniform has to be the most intricate uniform ever designed. It's actually a life perserver as is the whites and dungarees as well as the white cover (hat).
Anyway, recalling all the different uniforms that I wore, I must say that the T-shirt and khaki shorts, albeit along with black socks and boondockers, was my favorite daily uniform while stationed at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
My all-time favorite item from my military wardrobe was my rugged big buttoned Pea Coat. What was yours?
I'd have to say it's the extreme cold weather parka and pant set that was issued to me while my ARNG unit was assigned as the roundout for 6ID.
Tank boots, and the parka I was issued in Korea. Jungle fatigues and boots weren't bad, either.
I like Tank boots too. Khaki pants are still part of my standard kit.
I still wear my ripstop camoflage four pocket tunic from 30 years ago. In fact, i am wearing boots, khaki pants and that very tunic right now, with a "wife beater" under it.
I've worn a field jacket ever since the Army. On my third incarnation [Wear, tear and waistline].
The Ike Jacket, when I had the shape for it. It went out just before I entered the Army. I still have one. Its a little tight. I'm suprised they don't issue the old tan shorts, or do they?
Did Lady Godiva ever engage in battle?
I was perfectly happy with the dungarees, boondockers, and blue jacket.
PS I still have most of my uniforms in storage. Anyone need a set of Army mess dress whites (LTC)? Dress Blues? Probably size 36 -38 and 42jacket. My kids took the fatigues and I recently gave away my set of #3 model jungle fatigues that I had the fortune not to wear.
They all look good to me.
Dry as toast on the inside.
I was issued Marine greens at Pendleton prior to my assignment to the Brownwater Navy in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, I was also issued Army style greens with all those pockets. Being Navy, we had the sleeves shortened while the Army guys had to roll their sleeves up.
We also wore the USMC starched green cover, minus the Globe and Anchor.
We wore no rank insignia on our greens. It made it more advantageous when dealing with Merchant Marine masters.
I paid a mamasan to wash and iron while papasan shined my boots.
Try and catch a nap while that is going on!
Right now, the desert fatigues are my favorite. When I see those all around me, I feel very, very safe. ;-)
Me too, except the shorts and T-shirt won out over dungarees in the tropical heat.
I pray you stay safe, Beautiful.
Well, I didn't go anywhere tropical. (Dang it!)
I sure didn't like the changes he made in 1971-72. That polyester uniform looked and felt like a Maytag repairman outfit.
| The simple look's cool . . .
(But if you're gonna beam down
don't wear the red shirt!)
You must be an Airdale.
U.S. Navy slang
- Airedale: A sailor who works on or around aircraft.
How about the early BDU's with the wide "Disco-Collar? Better yet, the Bad Toelz PT uniform-spandex shorts and a tank top!
AF tan bush jacket,bermuda shorts and knee socks.
I learned so much there. knots and other things.
Square knots and clipboards...on bicycles.
It was a square deal and I full-filled my end of the bargain.
Now, I can't stomach the idea of ever visiting California.
Maybe it was the three years of living in Hollywood, hanging on to my neighbor and schoolmate chum, Randy Quaid.
I wanted it, asked him for a cut in the line...and I can't blame him if I didn't have any talent and turned to jello in front of a audience. (We did comedy at Bellaire High School in Houston.)
Anywho, Company 659, Chief Cloud was our CC and he was alright.
We came in second at graduation, amongst a full field, and I was fifth squad leader, 55 pounds lighter than when I arrived there on 18 September 1968.
Well, it's just great to hear from someone who was there.
Yes, if you're referring to the thirteen button, laced up back (Never got the full story on that aspect), very studly uniform that helped so much in my conquests stateside.
I regretted never being Ships Company and crossing the Equator.
Hey, my young cousin, after Vanderbilt, a tour aboard the USS Antietam (as Gunnery Officer) and completing a very hard Navy Nuc School, is now a Nuc Officer aboard the Enterprise which deployed last week.
She be smart!
Eight reactors on board!
Congratulations to your cousin. She has an important job on an important ship. God bless her!
I prefer the green Jungle Boots as opposed to the all leather combat boots, or deserts.
Although for hunting I use an old pair of Mickey Mouse Boots. Can't be beat for warmth, but walking is tricky.
Pre-BDU camo jungle fatigues and the one piece flight suit.
My, Dress Blues
We called them "Elvis collars".
I can use the Blues and the Whites uniforms you have there. I think they will fit me. After 911 I enlisted in the NYG (NY State militia)as a Chaplain. I'm due to get promoted to Major soon and all I have to do is change the insignia.
Please let me know if you'd still like to get rid of them.
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