(See R. L. Crossland, p. 12, November 2012 Proceedings)
Lieutenant Commander Anthony T. Dunn, U.S. Navy (Retired)—In looking at the new Navy uniforms I often wonder if those making the decisions on uniforms ever went to sea.
One of the lessons from World War II was that the uniform should not be loose, but tight-fitting so it does not catch while going through the ship.
Other lessons were uniforms should not be torn or dirty. Torn uniforms snag easily and in case of a flash burn do not provide protection. If wounded, dirty uniforms provide a haven for germs. Additionally uniforms, and shoes, should be easy to get out of and turned into flotation devices.
The white hat (“Dixie cup”) served a number of functions—when inverted an excellent sun screen, and in the water an extra flotation device. If you are unhappy they’re white, dye them blue.