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  •  Because synthetics hadn't been invented yet (0+ / 0-)

    and pure cotton has its own issues (especially in cold/wet environments like the European front), although they did start moving toward a cotton working uniform for tropical environments partway through the war (they just couldn't produce it fast enough).

    We now have cotton/nylon blends and other miracles of materials science at our disposal. The only things that wool does that modern fabrics can't match are smelling like a wet dog and triggering allergic reactions. But it's still used in the dress uniforms because it looks nice. The way we compromise between appearance and practicality is by not requiring people to actually wear them most of the time.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:15:39 PM PDT

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    •  they had rayon and nylon (1+ / 0-)
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      in 1924 and 1939 respectively.  More synthetics came quickly after.  Wool smells like wet sheep, not wet dogs - and allergies are prevented with a cotton lining.

      I get you don't like wool - but it was and is a great material - natural, breathable, renewable and tough.  It also doesn't melt onto people when it's on fire.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:57:31 PM PDT

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    •  and perhaps, the clothing of dealing death (1+ / 0-)
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      should be a bit uncomfortable - lest one forgets that it is for dealing death and not just another day at the office.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:24:20 PM PDT

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