Army nixes the beret for ACUs, offers alternative to Velcro – Stripes – Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide

I left the Army just before the beret actually came into use. I didn’t have any particularly strong opinions for or against it. But apparently, a lot of folks just hate the thing.

As for the velcro, that’s just idiocy, and the Army would do well to banish all of it.

Hate the beret? The Army listened.

The soft patrol cap will replace the black beret, at least for wear with the Army combat uniform, the Army announced Saturday.

Soldiers will continue to wear the black beret with their service uniforms.

Additionally, soldiers will be allowed to sew some of their insignia directly to the uniform, including name tapes, the service tape that reads “U.S. Army,” their rank insignia and certain skill badges like Airborne and combat infantry badges.

via Army nixes the beret for ACUs, offers alternative to Velcro – Stripes – Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide.

6 thoughts on “Army nixes the beret for ACUs, offers alternative to Velcro – Stripes – Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide”

  1. Hate is such a strong word.

    I disliked the beret for the following reasons: It takes two hands to put it on properly, Because it takes some time and effort to make it look right there are a lot of Soldiers who end up looking like a pizza chef or something other than what they are supposed to look like, and its hot in the summer and cold in the winter…of course I came in the Army wearing a patrol cap, at least I did after basic training so other people’s mileage may vary.

    A bonus to the tax payer is we save 6.5 million a year from eliminating a beret from the clothing issue.

    1. Nope. No savings on the beret. It will still be part of the Class A, and occasionally worn with the ACU by direction of the commander for ceremonies and such.

      And while I may not like the beret much, I can think I’d much rather wear one at a change of command than a helmet.

    2. Actually, they plan on reducing the issue of berets from two to one per Soldier, with an anticipated savings of….”more than $6 million a year.”

  2. I welcomed BDUs when they came out and replaced the old Permapress fatigues. The hat always felt like it was going to fall down your face. The earlier fatigues that we had to starch when I was in flight school were something I totally hated.

    It would be nice if the Beret would simply go away. I have no idea what Shinseki was think when he put that one out. I think the Rangers are still sore he took away their black beret.

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