posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 10:47 AM
Don't they still require that ECK? I know the Marines do. Service Alphas for reporting, and we lucked out enough that it was Charlies when they
released us for leave after graduation.
Besides being uncomfortable as a son of a gun it wasn't really so bad for the first few hours. Fresh out of boot, first class PFT and looked like it,
the attention was nice until the uniform really got to buggin me. Just by coincidence I ran into a soldier fresh out of basic when I got home. I guess
he didn't want to talk though. He still had sort of a paranoid look on his face, like he thought there might be a drill instructor around the next
corner or something.
One things for sure, I don't miss that service cap. The band of that thing gave me a headache after about half an hour. I thought I was going to pass
out during final inspection. The garrison cap is a heck of a lot easier on the noggin.
I'm not so fond of berets either (and I make it a point to say so whenever I see the right of a ranger on some pot-bellied reservist). I never had to
wear one in the USMC thank God, but in cadets before that I made the mistake of going to survival school and earning my a red beret there. I think
wearing that dang wool beret in Palm Springs weather was a heck of a lot worse than all of the starving and running I had to do to earn it.
Edit to add: far and away my favorite part of the uniform was those dang shirt suspenders (well, maybe rivaled by staining your shirt when one of the
backings falls off of your ribbon mounts). My DI taught us to wear those things do dang tight they they'd break if you raised your arms above your
head. They used to give me back aches.
[edit on 8-8-2005 by The Vagabond]