Posted on Apr 12, 2017
COL Charles Williams
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I have noticed in recent years, at the cleaners I use personally and for our program dry cleaning, that many Soldiers bring in their Class-As and all their bling, and pay to have a them (likely by a military spouse or high school kid) set up their uniforms for DA photos, boards, and inspections... Yesterday I saw a Captain paying to have his Class-As set-up, and thought to myself WTF? A Captain, seriously?

I have worn the uniform since 1980, and still set in up myself? I always have. I always spit-shinned my own boots (daily) and even did at Jump School. I ironed my own uniforms for duty (yes I know we were not supposed to), and if I had questions, I asked a 1SG/CSM.

Anytime I needed a DA photo, I asked my 1SG or CSM to check my uniform and my photo. And, luckily, I got promoted/selected at every board...

I still can't believe Soldiers pay to have someone else do this, as I see this as a personal responsibility... But, capitalism makes it work... I guess after black boots and endless sewing on the Greens and BDUs... this is new market.

I guess I am just old school...

PS. I have a lot of crap on my uniform...
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