Posted on Feb 10, 2016
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Just the other days I saw a PFC wearing Rocky C4T boots, I asked him if he knew they were unauthorized and he told me that he does but his NCO hasn't told him anything so, he keeps using them.

Why do we keep seeing SM wearing unauthorized boots?
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I think the uniform emphasis has decreased for two reasons. 1) Due to all of the uniform changes over the last decade, leaders have become tired of it. Multiple uniforms, boots, IBA rules, PT belts on FOBs, etc. As long as soldiers don't look completely crazy most leaders have better things to do with their time. 2) This funny thing called war has been going on and people actually had to fight in what they were wearing. Even senior leaders spent time in kit patrolling and meeting senior indigenous leaders. During this time they realized that a lot of these unauthorized boots are really comfortable, a lot more comfortable than the cheaper issued boots. I think this is the biggest reason you see a lot of leaders looking the other way. They can't look their soldiers in the face and tell them to wear that boot over there just because its authorized. We all like to take care of our feet...its a day 1 basic training task.
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SSG Dave Johnston
SSG Dave Johnston
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Here's your culprit: Berry Amendment, USC, Title 10, Section 2533a, originally passed in 1941 to require a buy-American policy for the military. The latest version, which took effect Nov. 16, 2006, prohibits the Department of Defense from buying items of clothing "unless they are wholly of U.S. origin."
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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You should have the clunky black things we had to rear in the 70s, they served no real purpose. Weren’t comfortable, leather so your feet sweated, heavy. Pure torture.
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LTC William Fisher
LTC William Fisher
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As an old soldier, we wore Tanker Boots, Corcoran Jump boots, and maybe some others that I have forgotten. As a Tanker, I do not ever remember being questioned about my Tanker boots. Sure are more important things to worry about. Forgot jungle boots.
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SSG Jeffrey Monk
SSG Jeffrey Monk
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That's what I loved about being in LRSD. We were allowed to wear and use good quality equipment that we bought ourselves rather than the crap the Army issued. While on my first deployment the moly stuff was all new and we were allowed to toss what wasn't very good and a lot of us personalized our kit the longer we were there.
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SFC William Swartz Jr
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Long story short in my opinion, their leaders allow them to without consequences or because their leaders themselves are wearing them!
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SSgt Kyle Holler
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In the Marines we didn't really have this problem. If the boots didn't have the Egale, Globe and Anchor stamped on the outside of the heel, then they aren't authorized!
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SSgt Mark Lines
SSgt Mark Lines
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SGT(P) (Join to see) - Not only did it make it easier to enforce the regs, in my mind it added a "cool factor" to them for the junior Marines.
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PO2 Robert Cuminale
PO2 Robert Cuminale
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The same with my "sailor suit". Almost everyone has it tailored especially if you're 6 ft and 165 lbs. Other wise the stove pipe trousers and jumper are baggy.
The same with the dragons and confederate flags sewn under the cuffs and on the inside of the back. None of it is legit but I don't remember anyone being told not to wear it.
The upper ranks have always modified their uniforms. Eisenhower wore his signature jacket and Patton wore a pair of ivory handled pistols. Custer designed his own uniform with enough braid and curlicued gold to decorate a French whore house.
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SSgt Kyle Holler
SSgt Kyle Holler
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PO2 Robert Cuminale - I know the sewing of stuff like that is part of the unofficial Navy tradition.
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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Makes too much sense right? Just stamp them or dump em. Hell we didn't have a choice, but I bet the PFC might stay that way a bit longer than necessary.
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