"I'll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not."
I liked my beret over my bush hat and my slouch hat.
The slouchie was good, providing sun cover in our harsh conditions and with its historical links, it was something to be proud of wearing, but the reality of dragging it around all day made it a pain in the arse.
Same with the bush hat, it was a practicle hat and we were most comfortable in it, but in the new age of unpolished brown boots, sleaves rolled down and cams only lightly pressed, we looked like a bag of ****.
Back in the day with a pressed uniformed, sleaves rolled up, black highly polished boots and well bashed rifle green berets we looked good.
Berets used to be held in high esteem in the NZ army because most corps had their own colour and identity. Always good for spotting who people were at distance, but along came a general with big idears and so came the
"One Army Beret" Obviously our cousins from up north kept their sand coloured berets(I pity the fool who tries to take it off them)
I prefer my J-hat (boonie hat) and not those gay issue wide brim ones, I can jam it into my pocket, throw it into my pack and even clean a white board with it and it looks exactly the same as it did before and not worry about reshaping it and just hurl it into a washing machine and drier when it needs a clean.
No arguments with digrar soldiers in well shaped slightly faded beret in an imaculately ironed uniform and spitted up boots looked cool and showed a proud soldier and was something I tried to emulate as a young baggy, but these days are just another form of head dress only good for a camp environment and so I don't have to wear a Mounted rifles hat(slouch hat).
The smaller, older and more skanked up a J hat looks the better, this cant be said for a beret.
Nope. Only jobs are cool. The clothing that goes with them is just windowdressing.
That's kinda what I meant.
Originally Posted by maple.leaf
Well that depends on the colour, and on which Army you serve in.
I was refering to the US Army, who now hands berets out to everyone just for joining. They used to mean something, showed that you had a cooler job ( MichaelF) then the rest of the guys. It would be like letting everyone wear jump boots with class A's.
Personally, berets only serve to look pretty, assuming you know how to wear one.