$62 Million is A Lot to Spend on 'Uninspiring' Military Uniforms

British soldiersIf I was going to spend a whole lot of money on something I'd wear every day, it would definitely be cute, comfortable, and stylish. Apparently, the British government doesn't feel the same way. The head honchos across the pond recently spent $62 million on new uniforms for their soldiers, and it seems that the verdict on the new style is anything but positive.

In fact, the new Multi Terrain Pattern uniform allegedly looks like "something from Toys 'R' Us," according to one soldier, and is unflattering, made of cheap fabric, and doesn't fit right. Eeeek!

I've got to be honest, I never really thought that fashion was important to troops. But now? I'm convinced it does. In fact, I'm wondering if this fashion faux pas of epic poportions could actually be hindering their performance. My guess? Most definitely.


Whether or not you're in the military, If you feel good about what you're wearing, then you'll be better in what you're wearing. Think about that feeling you get when you're sporting a stellar pair of stilettos. It's as if automatically we feel sexier and more confident, right?

I'd think that any member of the armed forces would want to feel the same way. These men and women represent everything that their country is about and want to put their best food forward doing so. Chrissy Rodgers of the 38 Brigade in Northern Ireland says in the new duds, she feels unattractive:

[The] uniform [is] as shapeless and uninspiring as Action Man's. I always thought part of military discipline and the pride soldiers take in themselves was down to appearance.

Amen, sister. While I could understand if they had to completely sacrifice flattering cut for functionality, say if the style featured a never-before-seen camouflage that helped them hide in discreet locales, that would be one thing. However, it seems that's not the case here.

If many of the British soldiers feel the same way as Rodgers, then I think there's only one solution. Some sort of change must be made. One thing is for sure: Both here in the U.S. and abroad, soldiers deserve the best of the best.

Do you think the British soldiers should get new new uniforms?


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