I'm not much into hats. From my Air Force period....I hated every hat ever issued....except the jungle hat I got in Panama.
This week, the Marines announced they are reviewing this radical idea of taking the Marine female hat, and making it the standard for Marine guys. You can imagine the dramatic discussions going on, and how the older Marines are just hostile over this idea. Marine historians will point out....in the 1800s....the female hat was standard for a while, then in the 1920s to the 1940s....the Marines went to the Army style.
From the picture, you can note the old style, and the suggested style (on the far right).
I've sat and paused over this idea and will offer this wisdom. Personally, I think there are two other options which the Marines ought to consider.
First, I'm awful partial to the old Hapsburg empire military hats....with the long stove-pipe appearance and the fancy feathers. Our Marines would look awful sharp and unusual in such hats.
The negative? Well....you'd have to update the feathers yearly....with different colors for certain folks, and we might have to kill a whole bunch of different birds....to achieve the commercial success or failure of this.
The other negative is that a bunch of folks from Bama would get attached to the Hapsburg hats, and would start to wear them....instead of University of Alabama hats or Braves hats, or John Deere hats.
So, this brings me to option two....the old Jungle-Jim hat. It's a neat hat because it works in summer or rainy periods. It's tough and would last ten years easily. If you got into a bar fight.....no one would crunch a beer bottle against your head.
We'd have to add a few symbols to it. Maybe have it a slightly different color....like dark blue. But you'd know a Marine from a hundred yards away.
My humble guess is that this is all just talk on changing the Marine hat....is mostly because no one has much to discuss during regular duty days. Marines used to tell dirty jokes all day long....but that's gone. Marines used to go into detail about combat but PTSD hampers them from discussing stuff like this. Marines used to talk about Mexican hookers, but it's all bad now to discuss such affairs. So hats.....just hats.....are easy enough and simple enough to get all heated up about.