Did I write about this already? Because it feels like I did. But I’m not sure and somebody said they came here during a search for the new covers so…
:::goes to check:::
Well what do you know…apparently I did: New Dress Blue Cover Design. But at the time it was all speculation so now we need an update! Plus the green cover is being replaced too, not just the white one.
From the Uniform Board’s website:
NEW FEMALE FRAME CAP: The new female frame cap will be introduced to the MCRDs in FY09. The cap is similar to the male cap in that there is one frame and two crowns (one green, one white). The braid for both caps will be black (no longer will have the red braid with the service cap). The cost of the caps will be equivalent to the male caps. The caps should be available for purchase in second quarter FY09 and the mandatory possession date for the new cap and phase out date for the old caps is 1 Oct 2012. See graphics here.
That link doesn’t work but here’s the photo I included on my first post:
This is not the green cover they are talking about though, they are talking about the hard one with the red frilly thing on it that I never ever wear. Its purpose in life is to take up space in my TMO shipments.
The Bad: Still ugly. Why oh why don’t we just use the male version for everyone? It looks TEN TIMES better and certainly it must be easier to keep track of only one item instead of two. I’m little and I’ve tried on male covers that fit well so sizes shouldn’t be an issue. We can all wear the same cammie sizes already anyway. Also, I think color guards and other ceremonial events look better when all the covers match.
The Good: At least somebody’s trying. With this style cover, I’ll be able to wear the bun of hair on my head where it belongs instead of dangling down around my neck like I do with the silly pointy duck-hat-thing. Being able to replace just the crown instead of the entire hat when I write on it with an ink pen will be nice too.
While we’re at it…what on EARTH is up with the sizing system?? At MSG school they issued us new covers and naive little me thought, “Cool, I walk in, grab a 22.5, and I’m done!”
The 22.5′s in the warehouse didn’t fit. Neither did the next three sizes up AND down. There was no graduated sizing at all. A 22 would cover my ears and a 23.5 would pop off my head all by itself. I still wear the now dirtyish, pen-covered one I was given at boot camp because the one I settled for at school is too big.
Yes, I wore the pen-marked hat to the ball.
P.S. Are we calling covers “caps” now or what?