Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: BDU's
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 11:37:15 -0500
Ted Burton wrote:
> At 08:38 -0600 on 2/26/1999, Paul Schnettler mailed BDU's:
> > The scout flat hat could be argued to be a direct imitation
> > of the military version,
> I hadn't thought of that. It is true that the official Scout campaign
> hat (Smokey Bear hat) is nearly identical to the military one worn by
> drill instructors at Basic Training and doubtless in other specific
> settings. In fact any number of Scouters wear military surplus
> campaign hats.
It has come to the point where this whole area about uniforms, regulations,
imitation of the military, and so forth has driven me over the edge.
As I posted a few weeks ago, ANYONE who does not think the CURRENT Boy Scout
uniform is "military-like" is . . . well, I'll be nice.
There are uniforms and there are uniforms, BUT: Certain uniforms (medical
personnel like doctors in scrubs, candystriper nurses, etc.) ARE NOT
military-like; other uniforms (police, park rangers, Boy Scouts, and the
military itself) ARE military-like.
I own a campaign hat I purchased years ago at the West Point gift shop. It is
EXACTLY the same (style, color, weight, manufacturer) as the BSA campaign hat.
So does that mean the BSA does not even follow it's "no imitation"
regulations? There's an iteresting article on the website of Troop 97, Fort
Collins, CO about Scout uniforms.
Here's the URL: http://home.frii.com/~troop97/sctinfo/bsahist3.htm
So why is everyone in denial about this? Let's admit that the current Boy
Scout uniform, or at least its individual pieces, is a direct imitation of
current or prior US military uniforms. B-P was an active UK military officer,
it's obvious what he used as a model for Scouting uniforms.
Obviously the "no imitation" rule was put in there by Congress when BSA was
being chartered, for understandable reasons. But, isn't the real issue the
displeasure with the current uniform and not the merits of alternative
military uniform parts?
With all due respect to Oscar de la Renta, would he ever expect any of the
civilian clothes he's designed to be in style for twenty years? I hope we
don't have to wait until he's dead before a change can take place.
Troop Committee Secretary, Northborough Troop 101
Brotherhood, Chippanyonk Lodge #59, OA
Knox Trail Council #244, BSA