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  1. On 6/9/2020 at 6:44 PM, Skysoldier80 said:

    we were not allowed to wear boonies unless they were cut down; which you see.



    Wow, why did they make you cut them down?  They let us wear our boonies unmodified.  Seems like it would protect you better from the sun that way.

  2. Sorry, I don't know if this is the right subforum to post this, or even the right forum, period.


    My Dad (who died years ago) was a DoD civilian in the early 1980's (and possibly the 1970's).  Are these employment records available for FOIA request anywhere?  We got his records from the National Archives a long time ago but it just had stuff from his military service in the '60s.  There doesn't seem to be an option from the Archives for DoD civilians so I don't know if records are available anywhere else, or if at all.


    I basically just want to know where he worked and the dates, and I have some evidence indicating he received at least one DoD medal/award at one point, so I would like to try and verify that, as well.



  3. That's a USASOC SSI. SFOD-D does wear the USASOC SSI but so do a lot of non-airborne personnel assigned to USASOC headquarters.


    Also, 112th Signal Battalion and 528th Special Operations Support battalion are both part of USASOC and wear the maroon beret and USASOC SSI even though most of their personnel are not airborne qualified.


    Also, if that was an Operators coat, even if it didn't have skill badges it more than likely would have a Ranger and/or SF tab, right? I think the fact that it lacks those is more telling than missing skill badges.

  4. Does anyone have any good ideas on how I can "lighten up" a tiger stripe top? I have a bottom-of-the-line reproduction one, and the colors are really dark and muddy. I just want to make it a little brighter so it doesn't look so crappy. I was thinking of dumping a dash of bleach in the washing machine and running it through to see what happens but I wanted to see if anyone had any better ideas.

  5. Yes, IBA, as has already been mentioned, in Woodland Camo. Neck and groin protectors were issued, but never worn. Helmets were PASGT, with the nylon webbing inside and the single chinstrap. I think some higher ups got the fancier helmet guts later on. Also, during the invasion we wore MOPP suits 24/7. Switched back to DCU's after a couple of weeks.


    Also, like Major Z said, vehicles in the early days of the war had zero armor, and painted Woodland Camo. I think I only ever saw Generals riding around in up-armored vehicles. All we had were sandbags on the floor, and in warmer weather we even took the doors off the Humvees. And we never wore seatbelts, either.

  6. I have a Soldier of Fortune magazine somewhere from the '80's, and I remember seeing an ad in there for a group that would take veterans to China or somewhere to do jumps and you would get wings. I wonder if this is related somehow? I'll see if I can find it when I get home...

  7. Here's something I've wondered for years... are DCU's cut larger than BDU's? Like, a medium regular DCU is bigger than a medium regular BDU. I was told this was the case years ago, because you want a looser fit when you're in the desert, so uniform contractors made DCUs bigger on purpose. The DCUs I have are bigger than their respective size in BDUs, but I don't know if it's on purpose or just a manufacturing variance, and that whole "looser in the desert" thing is just B.S.


    For some reason I thought Ermey only made it up to SSgt. I guess that photo proves otherwise, as it was obviously taken years before he was in Full Metal Jacket.


    Speaking of Ermey, he had a very minor roll - as a USMC Drill instructor - in "The Boys in Company C" almost 10 years before FMJ.


    That caught my eye, too.... According to Wikipedia, Ermey retired as an E6. He was given an honorary E7 promotion in 2002, but that picture was taken long before that. So, either Wikipedia is wrong (which wouldn't surprise me), or there's some kind of story behind that picture.


    EDIT: Okay, I think I've figured it out. He's also wearing ribbons on that uniform that he didn't have in real life, so that picture is probably from one of his movie roles, like a wardrobe test or something.

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