It only took a decade … but the Army has finally taken a common sense approach to some of it’s soldier’s loudest uniform grievances. With Army directive 2011-11, the regulation on uniform appearance has been modified such that the contested black berets are no longer part of the ACU (the camouflage uniform). Soldiers have been annoyed by the ridiculous tan-line across the forehead, the idiocy of carrying multiple pieces of headgear for dirty functions (motorpool, work details, etc) and its lack of utility use in rain, sunshine or heat. Furthermore, most of the annoying velcro patches and pin on badges from the ACU may be now replaced with sew on patches.
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