SGT Kenner and SPC Tripp were helping out this day. Kenner's sporting the traditional "patrol cap," while Tripp's wearing the Aussie "Boonie hat" that I prefer. BOTH are authorized to wear, (thank God).
You'll actually hear people complain about the boonie hat, but it makes more sense in the Baghdad heat, (as the Aussies discovered in their desert). The US Army is "one-size-fits-all," and necessarily so - for an army to function. But I hope I don't have to explain to you the shortcomings of 2 million people thinking with one brain, (there are less than desirable manifestations of this at all levels across all functions of the Army, and we'll leave it at that). Most of the guys who've been in longer refuse to wear it, and berate the rest of us because who do we think we are? Those guys get sun-burn rings 270 degrees around their close-shaved scalps for their obstinance, and they say we "look silly."