Unfortunately, this is news. We are in another draw-down period, Soldiers who have served honorably are losing their careers, the Army faces major issues within the ranks, we're looking at changing the retirement benefits, we are sending more soldiers back into Iraq, and this is front-line news? Simple answer ... authorize black socks ~OR~ authorize white socks ~OR~ whatever color is in vogue. Is there really an issue with uniformity in uniforms? (yes, play on words). One team, one fight. Forget the individuality ... and concentrate on the team. If changing socks is a great morale boost, them I'm all for it. If uniformity builds teamwork and unit cohesion, them I'm all for that. The important matter is the Army team.
I still don't understand this obsession with the black socks. I'm okay with the change, but I just can't understand why it's such an issue that it merits the attention of the highest levels of Army leadership. I don't see any functional reason for it. With some soldiers, it appears to just be a fashion statement. That's not my thing, but to each his/her own. White goes with everything, so it's not like white socks don't also go with the uniform. I certainly hope the preference for black doesn't have anything to do with black socks more easily concealing dirt/mud. If that's the case, using black socks allows a soldier to avoid regularly washing their socks, and that's just laziness (and poor hygiene).
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