Re: Traditional Uniforms
Eric Kozowski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 21 Mar 1997 11:21:39 -0800 (PST)
> The standardization of work uniforms is a difficult problem. Should some
>standard be agreed upon (and considering the individualism in Sea Scouting
>that is unlikely),
Well, there _used_ to be a national standard for a work uniform. There is
no reason that there can't be one today.
>the first thing that has to happen is that the standard be
>available to every Sea Scout in the nation and at a reasonable price. We
>tried to offer dungarees and chambray shirts but found them almost impossible
>to come by via surplus purchase because the Bureau of Prisions uses them for
>Federal prisoners (that's where most of the pea coats go, too). We could buy
>number one rejects from the mill that makes Sea Farers, but they wanted
>$15.90 a pair, wholesale and in quantity! At that point we are getting
>close to the problem Boy Scouts are having - it costs $50 to $75 to get a
>boy in uniform and who knows how many boys don't become Scouts or don't stay
>because they can't afford the uniform? We have no good answer to the
>question of work uniform standards.
Dungaree trousers are available from the USN for <$12. Chambray shirts are
about the same price. And that is for brand new stuff. We have been going
the route for 5+ years now. The key is to have the _Ship_ own the uniforms.
After a couple of years, you will have a substantial uniform locker.
Skipper, SSS601 "City of Roses"
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