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.