Thursday, 17 June 2004 - 10:04 AM CDT
I can see the advantages but will miss the old BDU's that were issued to recruits when I first enlisted the Army. Change is good but so is tradition and I can see a future ceremony where the BDU will stand tall alongside the other Uniforms the Army has worn throughout this country's history. The elgant uniform and cocked hat of the Colonial Army at Lexington. The Blue of the Union soldiers at Gettysburgand and by the famous 7th calvary that fought at the Little Big Horn. The Olive Drab uniform worn by the 3rd ID in fight the Germans at the Marne river in WWI. The comabat dress uniform that saw action in North Afica, Italy, Normandy across France and in to Germany as well as hundreds of little jungle covered islands of the Pacific. The uniform worn by the soldiers of trhe forgotten war Korea at places like he Chosen Resevior and Pusan all the way north to the Yalu. the tioger stripe of the Special Forces in Vietnam and the ordinary green worn by the regular grunts. These uniforms served their wearers well just as good as the BDU has served my generation. Looking back on them you can not only see the changes in style and functionality but the history of the soldiers who wore them.