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Friday, December 30, 2011

British Army Personal Clothing System Grumblings

We will take this with a grain of salt, but it is being reported by some rags that British Soldiers are unhappy with the new Personal Clothing System. This first was seen in the Daily Record, which for all us Americans know could be some shoddy tabloid. However, they did point to specific quotes from specific personnel and made the point of noting that only a few soldiers actually had good things to say about the uniform. 

The biggest complaint about the uniform was that it made them look like "Action Man" and in turn looking very "American". Through a little Anglo research turned up a "GI Joe" look alike. Apparently the tie in with not matching the Americans went wait back to distinctly naming action figures. Now on this point we may be drinking a little bit too much of the MultiCam Kool-Aid, but how exactly does the PCS shown in the photo look like it should only be adorning a kids doll or in this case a dummy. We will get to the latter later. 

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On the other hand, is it a bad thing to look "American"? I don't quite know what that means, but it appears from the article that the correlations tie in with appearing shabby or having an un-tucked blouse. If they are comparing it to the MultiCam ACU, then you can quickly note the difference in Camouflage albeit subtle with the MTP pattern, there is no mandarin collar and a different pocket configuration to name a few. A quote noted in The Telegraph (oh wait, that seems to be a credible source) from a Major states that there should be elastic or a drawstring in the jacket to hold it tight to the waist in order to present a better form of the tummy or rear. I had to edit that as it was a bit odd, but we hope you get the point. 

Looks Smart to Us
Supposedly they don't like the design, its poor fitting, shoddily made, and did we mention too American. I hope they are not trying to insinuate that our uniforms are made in China or as the Aussie papers like to say Mexican sweatshops. One thing we having going is a Made in America product. 

Perhaps they did not get the same treatment, however we are sure any additional complaints could bring forth new information. These should definitely be valid reasons while the PCS is inadequate and we hope the fashion statement of "Too American" or looks like it a came from Toys R Us as one British Soldier proclaimed are not reasons pressed in parliament as to what shenanigans led to such faults in decision making on a proper uniform. 

Obviously such maneuvering will not be needed if the preponderance of the British Army do not in fact feel this way. They do note that one soldier found it good for Afghanistan, the buttons are hidden to avoid snags, and keeps it him cool. Of course they point to a Sergeant stating that it was faulty reasoning by Officers which make the complimentary soldier and his colleagues look like pillocks. I had to use google translator to turn British English to American English and it turns out this means d!ck heads or dummies. Now I think the dummy shown hear looks rather smart as they would say it. Perhaps the mandarin collar evolves from a widespread culture of circumcision in the U.S., but again we are looking at differences rather than getting to the heart of the matter. 

Now we are all for defaming and getting rid of faulty military clothing. If this is the case, they could follow some wisdom on the ABU from a Captain in the U.S. Air Force who stated, "You should trash it after you've lit it on fire and then run it through a shredder." Of course then you are just back to square one with a lot of well spent quid. Sure there are plenty of similar detractors for the ACU, but anytime there is a transition, it can take some time to adapt. Plus, with all the uniform changes going on lately, there could be an improved or completely new version in a matter of years. We have already seen this with the ACU and ABU in various forms. The CS95 was only introduced 16 years ago, so as the world turns so could the PCS. 

Check out the full article with all complaints and conjecture at: Soldier's new uniform is a fashion faux pas

Boy, doesn't "The Telegraph" title set this up as a  reputable look into the problem at hand. 

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