Re: ReasonsAugust 19 2010 at 6:50 AM
Response to Reasons.
"The CF green was never for me, at any rate a big hit, colour wise or cut, and although I will agree with you there on the Airborne Regiment and their kit which was pretty slick and cool looking, I really thought the Brit's had a much more sharper uniform ie, Dress and Garrison appearance wise, then we did. If give the chance, back then as a 18 yr old lad, I would have tried to join the Australian Army or British Army. Circa 1980's "
The above part of your post is confusing. Prior to the CF Greens our uniforms were virtually identical to that of the Brits and Australians with the exception of Combats.
My favorite uniform was the scarlet Mess Dress but overall, I hated the fact that our uniforms looked exactly like British uniforms. There was little national identity.
CF Greens are great for national identity. And it is a sharp-looking uniform!
But before CF Greens, I suppose even the British had trouble identifying us .... I recall an incident in the Officers' Mess in Abington, where the Parachte Regiment was stationed, when an RAF officer asked me if I was American. At the time, I was in summer Service Dress with red and white Canadian flag patches on both sleeves of the tunic! I suppose that with Sam Browne belt and accent, he mistook me for an American Marine officer. Or perhaps it was due to the fact that our national flag was new and not as internationally recognized as today.
Anyway, the point is that we are not British and I'm personally very happy to see the old Brit style uniforms go. And the old Brit salute ...
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