James Fahs (jfahs@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 11:56:09 -0400
There have been a number of postings recently about
Cargo pockets: The pockets on the shorts are too small
to be of much use but those in the long pants are very
handy. Notebooks, flashlights, rope, all sorts of
things get put there. Sorry to see them go. The BSA
catalog has always had the polyester/wool uniform
parts without cargo pockets for those who think that
is dressier. It's supposed to be a field uniform,
Shorts length: I like the old mid-thigh length just
fine. With a 36 inch inseam I have a lot of leg
sticking out of them.
Socks: The tall socks look better and are better leg
protection in the field. The problem is getting them
to stay up. The uniform used to include garters.
Shirts: They problem I have had with the plastic
shirts is that they melt. Two of my shirts have holes
from campfire embers. (In one case I was trying to
remain stoical during my O/A induction.) One also
snagged and tore brushing a not so rough rock. Natural
fibers might stand up better to the environment in
which they are expected to be used.
Cost: Remember that Uncle Sam helps you. Out-of-pocket
expenses, which includes uniforms, for Boy Scout or
Girl Scout leaders are tax deductions. See IRS Pub 17,
page 184 in the 1993 (latest) edition.
I suppose I will buy and wear the new styles when I
need another set, but until then I will continue to
wear my old ones, including an olive drab set, until
they wear out.
James Fahs email@example.com
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