This is a Drill Sergeant School formation this morning in Fort Jackson, S.C. As roughly three-quarters of the Army entered in the past 10 years, these are images that few active-duty soldiers have seen in their career — a mass of patrol caps with a few berets sprinkled in.
Of roughly 100 soldiers we’ve talked to here, none were upset with the change this week that made the patrol cap the ACU’s official head wear. On the contrary, if the top spots at the Pentagon were determined by election, Gen. Dempsey and SMA Chandler would have a lock on their re-election after making this call.
One problem of note: The rush to have rank insignia sewn on has overwhelmed base and local shops here, and likely elsewhere. As such, you may have to wait for the dust to settle to really be rockin’ the PC old-school style.