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Old 01-31-2011, 01:41 PM   #21
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Heck, just understanding the different uniform combinations for the Navy would take me 30 minutes in the morning to figure out what to wear!!!!
So, yeah, enjoy the Air Force :-)
In 1982 when we were commissioned, one of my roommates went into the Marine Corps and the other went into the Air Force. My spouse was a year behind us.

About all I had to do was buy a new cover and new shoulder boards. I spent most of my sea duty time wearing coveralls & sneakers.

My spouse was highly annoyed by the Navy's perpetual experimentation with women's uniforms, and she ended up spending about $2500 over a four-year period as the Uniform Board tried to get a clue. It didn't get much better over the next 25 years later, either-- don't even get her started on maternity uniforms.

Marines have no uniform articles in common with the Navy, except possibly the shoes, so my Marine roomie had had to sell or give away all his uniforms. He'd been shaving his head a DevilDog wannabe since he was about 15 years old and he'd been buying his USMC seabag a little at a time for months, so he'd found a lot of bargains. But the Mameluke sword ain't cheap, and with all the Marine dress uniforms he was set back about $3000.

My Air Force roommate had to start from scratch, but the USAF had craftily waited until the 20th century to start their uniform manual and had very few traditions weighing them down. It only cost him $250 for the entire set...
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but the USAF had craftily waited until the 20th century to start their uniform manual and had very few traditions weighing them down. It only cost him $250 for the entire set...

Mighty inconsiderate of those Wright boys to wait till the 1900's to show off that flying whatchamacallit, huh? Of course, there was the balloon corps and before that, pigeons...lol!

We Air Force folks do have our traditions, we're just somewhat more "historically compressed" than you Navy types...
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We Air Force folks do have our traditions, we're just somewhat more "historically compressed" than you Navy types...
Eh, we're just both jealous of the Army and the National Guard...

Wait'll my daughter finds out she has to buy dress khakis, service dress blues, and summer whites. At least she can have one of our swords whenever she wants.

I'm glad I retired before the "digiblue" era. If I had to wear a uniform again then I wouldn't mind throwing out the uniform manual and starting over with a clean tradition-free slate.
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