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Steve_T_M  [Member]
5/6/2007 2:10:30 PM EST
I'm getting out of the army and I must have a hundred different uniforms and articles of issue clothing. What do you guys do with it all? I'm thinking about giving my class A's to charity, and keeping the boots, BDU/ACu etc. for dirty work.
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tyman  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:13:38 PM EST
Hunting, 4wheeling, mudding....
Bohr_Adam  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:14:33 PM EST
If you figure something out, let me know. I have a closet full of old BDUs and DCUs.
geezhound  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:14:44 PM EST
Current status of my uniforms: Box, Basement, dust covered/possibly moth infested.
tc556guy  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:16:01 PM EST
Finally getting ACUs issued; a dozen or more sets of BDUs hanging on hangers in the basement; not sure what I'll be doing with them.....
Valkyrie  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:17:03 PM EST
Flight suits get turned in for new, working and dress uniforms I rarely wear and dont really replace, utilities I just toss and buy new. Cammies I wear for getting dirty.
Treadhead  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:20:12 PM EST
I've been thinking the same thing. I'm not getting out but I've got three new sets of (LG Reg') BDU's that were worn "maybe" one time each, sent to the dry-cleaners and are hanging in my closet now.

We're in "ACU's" now and I'll never wear these again. I was sorta hopin' that ARFCOM would have another raffle for a worthy cause so i could donate them to it

BTW Steve', don't give your Class-A's to charity (Please), they'll just end-up on some homeless guy on an off-ramp somewhere with a sign that reads...."Homeless vet, please give God bless" and who never served a day in his life lol
VACaver  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:21:34 PM EST
I sold mine to a local military surplus store. I think I sold him 5 shirts and 3 pairs of pants and got 20 bucks for them. Hey, I didn't need them, would never wear them again, and 20 bucks is 20 bucks...
bcw107  [Member]
5/6/2007 2:23:18 PM EST
Mine have been in a box in the attic for 11 years. Last time I had them out was a few years ago (I was looking for a knife to give my brother who is in the marines).

I did notice that my uniforms seem to have shrunk considerably.
boknows20  [Member]
5/6/2007 2:25:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By geezhound:
Current status of my uniforms: Box, Basement, dust covered/possibly moth infested.


Active Duty - Wife put them in a trunk in the attic.
Reserve - In the closet waiting to be out in the trunk in the attic.
KA3B  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:39:34 PM EST
I removed all identification marks/tags from them, then cut them up and tossed them.
I kept my inspection ready dress whites and dress blues, a couple of flight suits/jackets and the issue leather flight jacket.
DK-Prof  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:54:04 PM EST
I use the boots all the time in the winter, and sometimes yard work. I sometimes wear the combat jacket (without rank insignia), just because it's a useful jacket for Fall/Spring. Once in a while I'll use the pants for gardening, or shooting (especially if I'm worried about ticks). But most of it is just sitting around in a closet or boxes somewhere.


(...except for my dress uniform, which I have displayed )
Lightning_P38  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 2:57:46 PM EST
After I got out my wife had a yards sale and asked me if I wanted to try and sell my BDUs, I said sure. She got five bucks each piece, and I had a crap load of them, probably twenty sets. Of course This was in a military town, and before I got out I had DXed just about every set I had, and most of them had never been worn.
PromptCritical  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 3:08:38 PM EST
Uniforms in a box or in a garment bag in the closet. Peacoat gets worn sometimes. Coveralls in a box for working on the car.
CitizenSoldier  [Member]
5/6/2007 6:58:19 PM EST



BTW Steve', don't give your Class-A's to charity (Please), they'll just end-up on some homeless guy on an off-ramp somewhere with a sign that reads...."Homeless vet, please give God bless" and who never served a day in his life lol


I deal with that jackass and his friends all day........
Dave_A  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 7:02:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Steve_T_M:
I'm getting out of the army and I must have a hundred different uniforms and articles of issue clothing. What do you guys do with it all? I'm thinking about giving my class A's to charity, and keeping the boots, BDU/ACu etc. for dirty work.



I'm sure someone will buy that stuff on Ebay...

I've also seen folks hold an 'ETS sale' just before they leave....
GunnFixr  [Member]
5/6/2007 7:04:13 PM EST
I earned my uniforms...I kept them.

They are hanging in my closet. Pressed and inspection ready. I wear my blues on July 4 and Nov 10 every year...and I'll keep doing it for as long as they fit (they were a might snug last year).

I sold most of my cammies to a surplus store, but I kept 3 sets for getting dirty in.
cmjohnson  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 7:08:07 PM EST
I kept one set of each type, also in inspectable condition, hung in my closet with my other clothes. They serve as a reminder to me of that part of my life, which wasn't as long as I might have hoped, but which I am glad I did.


I think there's something wrong with someone who doesn't keep some uniform souvenirs from his service days.


CJ
dpmmn  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 7:09:51 PM EST
I kept a set of Tailored made Cracker Jacks and Dress Whites, they are pressed and been in the closet now for 23 years

I still have a couple of Flight Suits and my old Flight Jacket that are in my Sea Bag
Hebrew_Battle_Rifle  [Team Member]
5/6/2007 8:07:25 PM EST
Cammies were eventually worn out an tossed. Same for my boots. (My boot camp boots are in a closet) My Alphas are hanging in a closet. My Dress Blues stayed in service with another MARINE.

Snowleopard  [Member]
5/6/2007 8:36:35 PM EST
Slip into them late at night, put on some good military tunes with a fine military drum, walk around with a bottle of Wild Turkey in one hand, a Luger in the other, remembering the good ole days ......................

......................seriously, the dress type uniforms hang in the closet, little changed from their last day. My khaki's I've worn in field work, like working in the dunes or on a research trawler. Long ago, when I got out of the maritime service, I wore my short sleeves often 'Nostromo' style, with a long sleeve jersey or turtle neck under them.
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crurifragium  [Member]
5/7/2007 5:39:02 AM EST
I used the worn field BDUs for painting and car work. I still have the traded OD Bundeswehr blouse and OD Dutch Army double breasted fatigue jacket I swapped with DK-Prof.
T2  [Member]
5/7/2007 5:52:13 AM EST


I stare at mind and wish I knew that guy who was small enough to wearem.
LWilde  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 5:53:01 AM EST
I gave away everything but my old CPO dress blue blouse with the gold hashmarks. All my officer uniforms went away. My son used my BDUs and boony hats for paint ball wars, so they were trashed. Wouldn't have mattered...I couldnt' fit in them after a couple of years anyway. He also used my boots...but eventually, I got them back and fixed them up a bit and they are just fine! They are still the most comfy boots I own. I also kept my steel toed boondockers I wore aboard ship. Bought them at Sears many years ago, along with my wash khakies. Much better than regular issue. Those were great work shoes! Somewhere in storage are all my shiny and clinky junk...but I don't know where.... My sword is MIA in the basement too...
FDC  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 6:00:32 AM EST
I just packed up my BDUs. Now I have 2 LARGE rubbermaid totes full of DCUs and BDUs which I can't wear in the Army anymore. Even more when I retire in 5 and I add a pile of ACUs to the bunch.

The DCU and BDU pants will become fishing shorts here pretty soon. As far as the rest, I guess I have a lifetime supply of coveralls? Maybe walk around gun shows looking cool

ETA: If I decide to get rid of them, they'll be cut up and shredded. I don't need to clothe the posers by selling them or dontating them.
Covert8645  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 6:05:11 AM EST
I wish my Grandfather saved his uniforms and stuff... They would've been a nice thing to hang onto.

When I enlist, I plan on saving all of my uniforms and such to pass down to my kids.
DK-Prof  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 7:21:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By crurifragium:
I used the worn field BDUs for painting and car work. I still have the traded OD Bundeswehr blouse and OD Dutch Army double breasted fatigue jacket I swapped with DK-Prof.


Bastard!


I agree those Bundeswehr blouses were great, btw.
AzSteven  [Member]
5/7/2007 8:10:42 AM EST
Been out since 1990. I had a ridiculous pile of stuff that I mostly gave away (kept some BDUs for work clothes), and I kept one of each uniform. Yet I find even now, if I go on a cleaning/organizing binge, I find some darned uniform item I thought I got rid of long ago. I think late at night the stuff sneaks back into my house and hides; I fear whatever evil plan they have for me.
SteelonSteel  [Member]
5/7/2007 8:48:38 AM EST
A couple years ago, I moved and had cause to go through my seabags.

I was bummed, all my marine softcovers were fubared. The brims, must have been cardboard inside, they all crumbled in the heat of the attic. They were only 18 years old.
Lee0302  [Member]
5/7/2007 8:54:39 AM EST
If your service meant anything to you, you should keep your Alphas and Blues (or equivalents).

And as much as I payed for my officer's blues and alphas I definately will.
GarandM1  [Member]
5/7/2007 8:57:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By Covert8645:
I wish my Grandfather saved his uniforms and stuff... They would've been a nice thing to hang onto.

When I enlist, I plan on saving all of my uniforms and such to pass down to my kids.


For you combat veterans, in 30-40-50 years from now, when they have celebrations of the Gulf War or OIF, you might want to have your dress uniforms around.

My father kept his Navy uniform for 25 years after he retired. When they had the 50 year WWII anniversary celebrations he was the only one who was in uniform. He ended up getting his picture on the front page of the local newspaper, and everyone there came up to him and told him how great he looked (note: the uniforms still fit because he actually had lost weight since being in the Navy).

I've never been prouder to be his son than when I saw him standing as tall and straight as he could, saluting the flag with his gnarled hands (he had pretty bad arthritis). Believe me, your kids and grandkids will all want to see you in your dress uniforms. Keep them.

cammobunker  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 9:04:51 AM EST
I de-milled my Alphas and Charlies and shitcanned them (they didn't fit anyway) after my IRR time expired. I had kept my dress blues uniform, but my ex-mother in law donated them to Goodwill for me .
I still have a Woodland cover, and one of the two woodland "intermediate" cammie tops I was issued in boot camp.
I was really a little shit when I was 18, ya know?
prk  [Member]
5/7/2007 9:06:27 AM EST
It's been a few decades, but I still have 'em, for one very big reason.

Any day now, the SEALs should be calling to recruit me, already
Johninaustin  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 9:07:15 AM EST
Gave them all to the Ft Hood thrift store. Between the DCU's and BDU's there must have been 40 sets. Kept the boots.

Then the damn TXARNG gave me another complete set to include field jackets and Goretex. All never worn because of the switch to ACU's.

When I retire in July I'll wait and see if they ask for them back. If not I'll probably give them away on the E&E.
piccolo  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 9:08:11 AM EST
The governmaent uses cheap cloth to make them. They shrink when you leave them in the closet.
joker581  [Team Member]
5/7/2007 9:09:16 AM EST
I still have all of it taking up space somewhere. I'll eventually shit can all of it except my Marpat utilities(which I intend to be buried in) and the shit I need for the Guard.
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