Posted on Dec 11, 2019
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Seriously I wanna know. Mainly from you senior leadership and your mentality when it comes to this specific headgear, or even as to why it's frowned upon in the field when it's clearly authorized to be worn in the field.

Also if you are just going to bash me or make smart ass remarks because I'm asking this question, then don't even leave a comment. Thanks
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Sr NCOs fight things like boonie caps because they are busybodies and need something to do.
I am a bit of a contrarian (no surprise, for those who know me).
One AT, I went the other way and ordered that the boonie cap was part of the uniform of the day. The Guard people in the contonement area went nuts, trying to talk about there was a Guard regulation (don't care, we're USAR... and it wasn't true) or a post commander edict (there wasn't) and who authorized it (this guy, with more stripes than you high-speed).
All of the kerfuffle was a lot of fun, frankly. And my troops loved it, especially when it was time for chow. "Refer all questions to the 1SG" was the order of the day, and very few would have the balls to roll up and question me.
Marys.
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COL Carl Jensen
COL Carl Jensen
2 mo
We had the best cover from the 50's to 90's, the Ridgeway cap. I kept mine! (The 1960 solid color to the Nato camo.) The Boonie to me was a rain hat, made for the jungle. Loved the stiff Ridgeway of the 50's the most.
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CMSgt Donald ONeill
CMSgt Donald ONeill
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I wore the Boonie hat in Vietnam when we went out in the bush as steel pots made too much noise . Issued for Desert Storm mostly for sun protection and the way I see it it was designed for deployments where weather conditions may call for covering . My preference is a baseball style cap
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SGT Jodi WittBailey
SGT Jodi WittBailey
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Love it. I wore the tar out of my boonie in AFGH.
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The best answer is that wearing it makes too much sense. The actual answer is that soldiers do not wear it correctly. They want to shape and form it to look like some Australian sergeants major. So instead of constantly correcting soldiers, leaders just decided to not even let anyone wear them. Pretty sad but that's the truth.
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The best performance in the world doesn’t matter if your uniform isn’t correct. He’d get a silver star for bravery but he showed up to the firefight in the wrong shoes and his flashlight on the wrong loop. MAJ Ronnie Reams
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SFC Greg Morris
SFC Greg Morris
2 mo
Soldiers reshape patrol caps and beret's as well, as NCO's enforce the proper wear of all headgear as we did with uniforms, problem solved!
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The earlier O.D. Green Bush covers, had wires in the rim to shape them, but if you messed with them too many times the wire would break and you would have the rim ben to a point, usually in the front so it looked like an upside down V shape. The later ones did not have this feature, so I would remove the binding on the front, trim back the brim a bit and resew the binding to prevent the front flap from falling in front of my face when driving open vehicle or sighting in a target when a sniper.
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SPC Andrew Murray
SPC Andrew Murray
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How do you wear a boonie cap wrong? As long as the rank is to the front it seem weird to tell someone they're wearing it wrong.
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What's this "you senior leadership" statement? Most senior leadership outside of CSMs don't care. It's usually CSMs who have the issue and that's because they have to have some kind of pet peeve. A 1SG once jokingly said that at the SGM Academy they all get assigned a pet peeve.
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SPC Kelley McMahan
SPC Kelley McMahan
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SSgt Brad Becker - thanks to the CSM on "Generation Kill" I can't unhear his voice when reading the word mustache.
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SPC Nate Raetz
SPC Nate Raetz
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SGT (Join to see) I loved wearing the Bonnie, and fleece caps. We worked next to the 82nd airborne in Iraq 09-10, and the 82nd refused to wear their winter jacket because they wanted to show they were tough. Good for them, but I like to be comfortable.
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SFC Terry Wilcox
SFC Terry Wilcox
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SFC Don Vance - Until the age of 75 - where she/he can get an ID that doesn't expire - until they do. OR - so I've been told. My wife just turned 76, her ID doesn't expire for another year, where I was told she will get issued a permanent/non-expiring ID. We've been married 52 years.
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SCPO Gene Meade
SCPO Gene Meade
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MAJ Ronnie Reams - Yea, now it's a position and not a rank.
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