October 24 2013
Marines: We Don't Want to Wear Girly Hats!
On a day when the ObamaCare debacle proceeds apace, our erstwhile allies such as the Saudis continue to wash their hands of us, and NSA has its hands full listening in on Angela Merkel’s cell phone, this might seem inconsequential:
A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.
Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.
“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”
The thin new hats have a feminine line that some officials think would make them look just as good on female marines as on males — in keeping with the Obama directive.
But this is not a trivial matter. In an era when military budgets are tight, this kind of spending is obscene—especially as most Marines don’t want the new hats. Just for the record, the hats look more European—think French kepi—than girly to me. But, yes, they do look nicer on the female members of the military than the current top gear.
The U.S. military is fast becoming a vehicle for social engineering (physical standards are likely to be relaxed to allow women on the front lines), and the leadership doesn’t allow the military to win wars, though the casualties and injuries sustained by our soldiers are horrific. But at least they are getting new hats.