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25 Dec 2010 5:19 p.m. PST
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Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2010 3:47 p.m. PST

Pay attention!
The question is specific to CURRENT military uniforms.

Which MILITARY has the silliest looking uniform in current use?

To get you started, here are three:

Indian Army

Vatican Swiss Guard


Note: Apologies if you or a relative actually wear one of these. wink

Mulopwepaul Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 4:07 p.m. PST

I.e., which one is most alien to an insular and parochial foreigner? Those ceremonial uniforms exist to evoke the powerful historical legacies of those forces. What makes these any sillier than:




except that English-speakers are more familiar with them?

Sysiphus Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 4:09 p.m. PST

Here are some "alien-lookin' " SOB's from Arizona I think grin

Pat Ripley Fezian08 Jun 2010 4:12 p.m. PST

is that a paint ball chain gun?

Personal logo Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2010 4:13 p.m. PST

I find it difficult to make fun of anyone's ceremonial uniforms. Can we change the poll to silliest combat uniforms?

Farstar Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 4:24 p.m. PST

Having a National Guard post nearby, I've seen their current work uniform. While I'm sure it works just fine once combat gear is in, on, and under it, the resemblance to pajamas is really strong if none of those extras are present.

IGWARG1 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Jun 2010 4:29 p.m. PST

Modern Russian hats are almost taller than their wearers. Definitely looks silly.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2010 4:29 p.m. PST

What makes these any sillier than:

That's what the poll will decide.
You very well could be correct in your feigned outrage.
Let the unwashed masses decide.

I find it difficult to make fun of anyone's ceremonial uniforms. Can we change the poll to silliest combat uniforms?

Sure, What do I care ?
Change the rules.

Don…. You should know better. They're obviously tourists. grin

vojvoda Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 4:50 p.m. PST

Commo for the Navy. Silliest stuff I have ever seen.
James Mattes

Dn Jackson08 Jun 2010 4:54 p.m. PST

I like the fact that the new US Army cammo uniform has colors in it that don't exist in nature.

I like the first three, but the Greek uniform would look better without the pompoms on the shoes.

Timbo W08 Jun 2010 4:58 p.m. PST

I vote for these guys – picture

who needs a flak jacket when you've got that much bling armour?

BravoX Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 5:57 p.m. PST

The Vatican Swiss Guard was the one that sprang to mind, followed quickly by the Greek with their odd shoes.

The Indian doesn't strike me as silly when you see a normal shot of them changing the guard rather than as a close up.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2010 7:28 p.m. PST

Any General at work in the Pentagon wearing camo…
Unless, of course the pattern is "Water Cooler and File Cabinet MK-0004".

David Manley08 Jun 2010 8:05 p.m. PST

US Navy "Aquaflage" – described to me by a serving USN colleague as a cost-cuttimg measure; if you fall overboard when wearing aquafalage there's no hope of being seen from the ship, so no need for them to waste precious fuel and time by turning around to try to find you!

Sysiphus Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 8:08 p.m. PST

Ok Tin Man how about the Qatar Royal Guard:

The Break away skirt makes the uniform.

Tommy2008 Jun 2010 8:11 p.m. PST

US soldiers wearing a beret that they "earned" by simply signing up.

Sysiphus Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 8:12 p.m. PST

Then there's the Moroccan Royal Guard:

Has a "super-hero" quality all its own.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2010 8:59 p.m. PST

The US Army has it's own bit of tradition/silliness, depending on your POV:

I'm no AWI expert, but shouldn't those gaiter-trousers be a lot tighter? How the hell are they going to keep the skeeters out?

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2010 9:08 p.m. PST

The USN's Service Dress Khaki is, in a word, deplorable. It was a good look in WWII; maybe the fabric was better, or the tailoring, or both. This, however
looks like a man in a cheap suit.

My two cents: if you're Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and you're appearing on TV or before a Congressional Committee, wear the Blues or the Whites so you look like a freakin' USN Admiral.

The Outlander Inactive Member08 Jun 2010 9:52 p.m. PST

The Liberian "uniform" called "Butt Naked"

KatieL Inactive Member09 Jun 2010 2:54 a.m. PST

Yeoman warders are not the military and therefore are not eligible for consideration for "silliest current military uniform".

They all used to hold non-commissioned ranks in the armed services, but they are not actually a military unit -- it's a retirement job for those with long service.

Steve Hazuka Inactive Member09 Jun 2010 4:27 a.m. PST

"US soldiers wearing a beret that they "earned" by simply signing up."

its a hat dude. SOF has green, Airborne Red, Ranger Tan. It's a hat get over it. Tankers used to wear black for a short time.

Scorpio Inactive Member09 Jun 2010 5:57 a.m. PST

Sailor uniforms always crack me up.


Yes, I know there's historical background and blah blah blah, but still, it's a weird combo of impractical and foppish.

Jay Arnold Inactive Member09 Jun 2010 1:21 p.m. PST

US soldiers wearing a beret that they "earned" by simply signing up.

Like the maroon beret I wore during AIT not because I had gone to airborne school, but because I was in an airborne AIT (37F at JFKSWC, 1993)? Later, when I went active, I went to Airborne school and "earned" my maroon beret. There were plenty of NAPs in my company and battalion also wearing it.

its a hat dude.

Hear, hear! And a hat I hate. Maybe not the worst decision from an ACoS, past or present, but still dumb.

My comments on TMP concerning it are legion.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member09 Jun 2010 7:28 p.m. PST

I can't find a picture,(Will look more)but the Spanish Civil Guards wear this funky black hat with a forward curve. It always looked as if it was made of plastic.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member09 Jun 2010 7:31 p.m. PST

Here it is.

Derek H Inactive Member10 Jun 2010 3:24 a.m. PST

here's a selection for your consideration


Scutatus Inactive Member10 Jun 2010 6:10 a.m. PST

I think any army that gives soldiers camos for not-in-gunfight duty is pretty darned silly. Only a fraction of those who wear camos (ACU's for instance) actually need them. I think especially of those in admin or support services roles or even on Staff. Why wear camo when you are behind a desk? Silly.

The Red coats on the other hand, look smart! A proper uniform that is.

Jamesonsafari Inactive Member10 Jun 2010 7:49 a.m. PST

I agree. In Canada there used to be what was called "work dress" which was suitable for office enviroments, or you could wear combat boots if shoes weren't appropriate.

Now apparently it's combats a lot. As a friend says "It's like going to work in your pyjamas."

Jamesonsafari Inactive Member10 Jun 2010 7:51 a.m. PST

Actually I think the Greek uniform is just fine for a something based upon traditional clothing.

The drill however looks like it's inspired by Monty Python's Silly Walks.

vojvoda Inactive Member11 Jun 2010 8:24 a.m. PST

Berets don't keep the sun out of your eyes. That said I my Green ones with flashes I can not wear anywhere, Tan from the exchange with the UK. When the Rangers went with tan I thought it was silly. They had the black beret at the same time as women in the army wore a black beret of a similar design. It was worth point on razzing the young rangers. A dark blue would have been nice for the Army but the UN wears a silly sky blue one so I think the army was aganist it. Berets should be a class A, Class B uniform item only. I miss the old tan U.S. Army class Bs.
James Mattes

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