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anyone not wear their old cammies?

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by Bonk, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. Bonk

    Bonk Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    This kind of goes along with the "anyone wear their dogtags" thread from a few months ago. Do any of the guys here have a problem wearing their old utility/BDU pants around, whether for hunting or range use?

    I got out of the IRR three years ago, and among the seabag pile in my basement are three sets of clean and serviceable utilities (woodland, I left when MarPats were in the "hey that would be cool" thought stage). I hunt, go to the range at least once a month, and even get to crawl in the weeds every now and then at work. Those utilities are still in the seabag. Every time I think about pulling them out, I hear my old DI from Parris Island yelling, "This is a uniform, and you will treat it with respect!" in the back of my ear. The last time I wore them was my last Reserve weekend. I have since bought a pair of British BDU pants ( and have a set of blue utilities from work, which work fine for the range, but for some reason I can not get myself to throw on my old uniforms. For some reason, even if I cut the name tapes off, it just wouldn't feel right.

    Or am I just nuts?:)
  2. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
    I wear my old cammies with pride, name tape and all. I put them through a lot more abuse during 4 years with an infantry unit than I could ever imagine doing while hunting or at the range.

    They might not be serviceable by Marine Corps standards, but as long as they cover my butt and keep me from ruining my civies, I'm happy.

    So, yes. You are nuts.;)

  3. MR. Fantastic

    MR. Fantastic

    Apr 21, 2004
    Phoenix, AZ
    There is no reason to remove the name tapes from your cammies.
  4. CarlosDJackal


    Dec 10, 2000
    I would if I could still fit in them. ;g
  5. 155gunner


    Sep 15, 2004
    I still have mine but unfortunately they didn't get any larger like I did:( . It might be awhile before I can wear them again.
  6. DriBak

    DriBak GUNS UP Millennium Member

    Jul 4, 1999
    West Texas
    Ditto Carlos I wore mine 15 years and 50 pounds ago, damn aging sucks!!!!! but at least I can blame it on my thyroid after all I am 10% service disconnected, get that whopping 106.00 monthly check from Uncle sammy
  7. rescue51

    rescue51 Fire Captain

    Sep 24, 2004
    The First State
    I cutoff the legs of the desert pants and use them to work outside/mow with.
  8. Central Texan

    Central Texan AmericanSoldier

    Dec 27, 2002
    I'm still serving so I just feel weird if I wear them while off duty. I'm not forsure, but I think that if I did wear them it would be considered a discrase since I am currently serving. You know, braking up the uniform, wearing it for non duty purposes. Well, maybe not but it feels disrespecfull to me.
    However, I see a lot of x-military who wear theirs and wear them proudly. There's one elder gentalman in particular. I see him at the grocery store now and then. Each time I see him he is wearing his olive drab long sleeve complete with rank and tapes.
  9. digitspaw

    digitspaw RIP 08/95~09/09

    Major Ditto to what CarlosDJackal said. MAJOR DITTO. 29 inch waist then....36 inch now. ;1

    Semper Fi anyway!;?
  10. Bonk

    Bonk Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    Size isn't an issue for me.:) I can still fit into everything, including my dress blue coat, which hasn't been tailored since the last week at PISC.

    I was 195lbs the day I finished high school, 165 when I graduated from boot camp, 175 when I got done with MOS training, and been right around there, +/- 5lbs ever since then. Hard, but doable. I just got a pair of MarPats from a friend of mine stationed at Quantico, and they fit fine (medium-long), same size as I wore.
  11. Darkangel1846


    Jul 19, 2004
    Used to use them for working, shooting, and camping out........but everyone always looked at you like you were some "Gun Nut" or something. The only thing I got left is an old field jacket.
    I avoid them as I look rather stupid in them now being aged and over weight. Still have a problem with those guys that wear old Mil duds with patches all over them, have long beards, long hair, talk about how bad everyone treated them, and have not visited a shower in about a month. See them a lot standing outside of the VFW in the morning.
  12. NGWT


    Jun 7, 2003
    Still have jungles I was issued in '84.

    Wonder if they'll fit?
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Two issues with me wearing the old fatigues:

    1. I don't fit in them any more.

    2. I don't want to look like a Rambo-wannabe.

    Going hunting would be a different story, but not wearing pieces of camo uniforms to the shooting range. That's gay.
  14. MR. Fantastic

    MR. Fantastic

    Apr 21, 2004
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sounds just like one of those "crazy veterans" you see in the movies.
    You know like the nieghbor from the Tom Hanks comedy, The Burbs.
  15. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
    I would agree that wearing cammies to a civilian range might cause some people think you might be a little militant. I only shoot at a police range, and almost everyone here who is prior military wears them. In all of our tactical classes it is authorized to wear cammies during training. Most of the time its just the trousers. The only times I have ever worn the top was in the gas chamber and certain tactical schools where long sleeves were required.
  16. APD

    APD Trunk Monkey

    Oct 5, 2002
    Travis County,TX
    I wore mine in the Academy and I use the bottoms alot for hunting. We were issued standard BDU's and I was with a unit that was issued OG107's. I looove my 107's.
  17. usmcmonty

    usmcmonty 100% American

    Jan 13, 2002
    I wear mine for paintball and warmer weather hunting. Here are the reasons.

    1) They are durable and confortable

    2) I am always "training" in the above situations.

    however I can NEVER bring myself to wear them in public...i still follow Marine Corps standards for dress, civie or otherwise.
  18. Nearly all of the Tactical Air Force units went to camo the year I got out, 1979/1980. That has been quite a while. The threads in the green Field jackets are coming undone and the cotton pants and shirts are rotted away while and the permanent press uniforms are worn out.

    My one set of Camo and Black BDUs are now 3 years old and I used them in a one-act play I wrote a few years ago. It was a work of fiction "What would have the Centurion said?" (What else would the Centurion who stood at the foot of the Cross say of Christ and about all the other things that he saw?)


    I went through a box of stuuf and found a set of green utilites still stiff from starch but the thread is all rotton.
  19. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    ;z ;z

    I'm with Carlos...Still have them, as well as flight suits...But, I don't think I'll see 155 lbs again...;f ;f ;f
  20. Ed Ely

    Ed Ely Mr. Wonderful

    that I wear on occassion. A couple pair of OD two piece suit
    ups, some tigers which I have saved and will not wear. Even
    though I am retired, I still enjoy the wearing of, and I still
    call them utilities as I never got used to the BDU bit, heck
    they are comfortable so why not wear them.