You know what’s probably not that important right now in the grand scheme of things? Marine uniform hats. Yet President Obama has proposed a new $8 million design for the iconic hats, which will be thinner and smaller than the current design, in an attempt to appear more unisex.
One Marine succinctly posted online, “What’s wrong with the current uniform? NOTHING! Read the news ... Marines getting relieved, budgets, and structure being cut, and we have time/desire to evaluate a new cover [hat]. You gotta to be kidding!”
Wasn’t it just last week that the government was shut down, because we supposedly didn’t have enough money to pay all non-essential personnel? But now we have $8 million to redesign a hat, a Marine hat, to be more feminine? I’m sorry, what?
Granted, $8 million out of the entire federal budget is practically pennies, but what happened to the mantra that every little bit counts? Or does that only matter when we’re talking about global warming? Because really, is turning the lights out in a room you’re not using going to go that far in saving the planet? Because it seems like if you’re going to be for everyone doing their small part, then everyone should do their small part -- even if it means not redesigning hats.
What’s wrong with the current cap style anyway? I was unaware that it was “too masculine.” It’s a hat, you guys.
Funny side note: I saw some people complaining that the new design is too French, “and the last people we want to associate our Marines with would be the French military.” So I’m thinking that if any hats in the military were to get a redesign, it should be those berets.
Anyway, this just seems like a ridiculously ridiculous waste of time and money. Leave the Marine hats alone and start focusing on some real problems -- Lord knows we have enough of them.
Do you think the hats need a redesign or should they be left as-is?
Image via Marine Corps photo illustration