Good news for fashion-conscious Army soldiers: They can finally ditch the ill-fitting black wool berets they've worn for years and go back to their beloved brimmed patrol caps. Army leaders say the change is taking effect today, which also happens to be the service's 236th birthday. The change comes just in time to help soldiers deal with the heat, says a colonel with the Army National Guard, as the brimmed patrol cap is easier to put on and wards off the sun.
The switch is part of a wide range of changes being made to Army uniforms. A top Army general ordered the switch to berets 10 years ago to help boost morale. But it irritated elite units who were given green or maroon berets as badges of honor.