Posted on Sep 12, 2014
TSgt Terry Hudson
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I really don't understand. I wish the Air force would implement a standard beret. I think the berets look nice and are more military-like than the patrol cap.
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SGT Ben Keen
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Let's see the list includes but not limited to the following:

1) Wearing a 100% wool hat in the summer is awful
2) No eye protect in the sun.
3) Maintenance on the beret is very time consuming.
4) Not everyone takes pride and the time to shave and shape it correctly resulting in some ugly looking berets.
5) Wool is itchy


There are many more reasons but that is a good start.
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SFC Military Police
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Don't hate it, just wish people would learn to wear it properly.
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SPC Elijah J. Henry
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It's not easy to put on by feel; it would help if there were mirrors at the doors everywhere on base. A PC can be put on one-handed while walking. If that can be done with a beret, I haven't figured out how, yet.
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CW5 All Source Intelligence Technician
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I recall correcting an LTC who placed the rank insignia over the middle of his forehead. Moron. He didn't like it but not much you can do to a W5. :-)
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MAJ Matthew Arnold
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And, we're not all special. Leave the beret to those who think they're special.
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MAJ Commander
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It takes two hands to put the damn thing on. I don't need or want crew-served headgear.
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MAJ Commander
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I had one Beret like that that I carved on like Michelangelo until it was a work of art. Then I lost it. I had to start all over with the shearing and burning and moistening and creasing and kneading and STILL couldn't get the damn thing presentable. Now if you lose your hat you buy a new one. Mark it zero, next frame.

Some folks can pull off the beret look. Others look like they have a deflated sheep carcass on their head. I was one of the latter.
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COL Director, J5/7 Cyber National Mission Force
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MAJ (Join to see), you took the words out of my mouth (crew-served headgear). I always feel like I need a mirror to wear the thing correctly. This is not to say that I'm against them as part of the ASUs or for those who's wear has a significance tied to them (SF, Airborne, etc). But if it's just headgear, make it simple!
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SSG Water Treatment Nco
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Sir- I came into the guard from another branch of service. Was not fond of the beret. It took a lot of getting used to. I concur- crew served headgear! I will say however- when it is worn correctly it looks sharp! I never enjoyed wearing it personally.
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Gotta like the crew served description!!
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It's hot, hideous, doesn't block the sun, it itches, and it's just not practical...
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TSgt Terry Hudson
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Oh that's before I was even born!
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SPC Jason Helsel
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Agreed, it is a sun absorbing wool head blanket.
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SGT Military Police
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This basically sums it up short and sweet. Absolutely hate the beret other than for the specialties where it's part of the tradition and history like SF.
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CPT Tim Iund
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I probably shouldn’t comment since I am 24 yrs out of the Army, but I think GEN Shinseki should not have pushed for the beret for all around wear, especially when a soldier is wearing bdu/ocu’s as there is no inherent shading from the sun/rain. I would have preferred the garrison (c**t cap) over the beret for class A wear as indoors you could tuck it under your belt and sit down and it would keep it’s shape. However there was never a blue uniform version and since the Army subsequently went to blues over green Class A’s for office and non-fatigue duty wear, the black beret was all that was left except the blue service cap. I think blues are too formal and dressy and ostentatious looking for everyday wear, certainly not the equivalent of a civilian business suit with which my officer’s guide equated it.
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