Being prior Army, when the Army un-assed the Rangers from the black beret, I was sick. If there MUST be berets, keep it with the "special" people... Airborne, rangers, and special forces. From my medical perspective, the hat that makes the MOST sense is the boonie hat. Sun protection to ears, face, and neck. Lots of people will cringe because they don't think the boonie hat is professional looking, but medically and utilitarian wise, makes the most sense.
<p>Personally, I was never a big fan of the beret as the replacement to the patrol cap as the headgear for the duty uniform. I didn't feel it was practical in the motor pool, in sunny weather, in the rain, etc... With that being said, my opinion was not asked when the decision was made. I, along with everyone else in the Army at the time, complied...two bags full and moved out. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>Here is a little humor from PowerPoint Ranger reference the different "styles" that we saw during the "Age of the Black Beret..."</p>
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