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Proper Wear of the Patrol Cap

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The Army recently bid adieu to the beret as official headgear ??with the Army Combat Uniform by reinstating the  patrol cap.

While the transition to wearing the patrol cap has been welcomed by mixed feelings, we want to ensure that Soldiers are equipped with the right guidance to properly wear their headgear.

The following is a summary of the policy specifics taken from Army Regulation 670-1 and a list of reminders and tips for wear:

1. Place the cap on your head so that the seam in the front of the cap is centered with the bridge of your nose. The ends of the brim should be touching the top of your temples. No hair should be visible from the forehead. Rank insignia is always centered on this front seam.

2. Adjust the cap so that the band of the cap is wrapped around the largest part of your head and is parallel to the ground. A good trick to use is to place your index and middle fingers together and place them horizontally on top of the point where the top of the ear connects to your head. The brim should be just touching the top edge of your middle finger and level with the ground.

3. Smooth out any parts of the cap that are sagging on your head. The cap should have clean crisp angles. If worn correctly, the top of the cap should be at a slight forward angle.

4. Remove the cap and place it in your pocket whenever you are indoors, unless otherwise ordered by a commanding officer. The cap should be worn at all times when outside, again, unless otherwise ordered by a commanding officer.

Do you have any tips and tricks for Soldiers when it comes to properly wearing and caring for their uniforms? If so, share them in the comments sections and be sure to check out the U.S. Army Service Uniform website!

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