A big change for American-made Army uniforms: the black beret is out, the patrol cap is in.
Ten years after the pitched black beret became the standard headgear for the United States Army, it is being replaced by a patrol cap—the result of years of negative feedback on the part of soldiers, CNN reports. After gathering feedback from surveys and social media sites that suggested most soldiers found the berets hot and difficult to put on, Gen. Eric Shinseki, the Army Cheif of Staff authorized the switch to the cooler, baseball cap-like patrol cap for combat uniforms. Though soldiers will still be issued one beret to be worn with their dress uniforms, by replacing the second beret with the patrol cap the Army will save an estimated $6.5 million.
This is a big change for American service men and women, and is part of the United States Army’s proud tradition of providing soldiers with high quality American-made uniforms. As outlined in the Berry Amendment of 1941, the “Department of Defense [must] give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home grown products, most notably food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals.” These patrol caps are just one example of the many great American-made items that make up the modern soldier's uniform.
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