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Posted: 6/21/2016 5:33:01 PM EDT
Why did Special Forces wear a pistol belt with their fatigues back in the 70's?? Thanks
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 5:33:57 PM EDT
pistols

solid first post.

keep up the good work
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 5:34:31 PM EDT
Uh.....reasons.

Sheesh
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 5:34:47 PM EDT
because pistol belts should always be worn in fatigues to highlight the fat bodies.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 5:35:10 PM EDT
because if they didn't the pistol would chafe them.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 5:37:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Sylvan:
because pistol belts should always be worn in fatigues to highlight the fat bodies.
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This

Drill SGTs have to wear belts now and they fat ones look terrible.


Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:13:01 PM EDT
Same reason they wore a beret and combat boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:18:53 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By williewvr:
Same reason they wore a beret and combat boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.
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Is that you John Wayne?
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:26:41 PM EDT
They needed their poncho and single canteen.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:27:40 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CPT_CAVEMAN:

Is that you John Wayne?
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Originally Posted By CPT_CAVEMAN:
Originally Posted By williewvr:
Same reason they wore a beret and combat boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.

Is that you John Wayne?

Seriously. At the time they were still fairly new and drawing attention to themselves was important for recruiting. I wasn't downing them. The Marines are careful to "brand" themselves well also. It's a smart thing to do from the recruiting and retention aspect.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:28:40 PM EDT
Because their rifle belts were only for dress uniforms.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:30:08 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CPT_CAVEMAN:

Is that you John Wayne?
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Originally Posted By CPT_CAVEMAN:
Originally Posted By williewvr:
Same reason they wore a beret and combat boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.

Is that you John Wayne?


That did immediately leap to mind.

OP, while the movie is cool and all, it does not reflect reality.

Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:51:12 PM EDT
Not Green Beret with pistol belt.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 6:57:31 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By NCMike:
Not Green Beret with pistol belt. http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd44/ncmike57/2Cav75/scan0011.jpg
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Under arms. Pistol belt, mag pouch, and helmet. Saw dad dressed like that many times in the seventies.
Same as it was in the early eighties when I was in.
Things are probably different now.

Looks like Fort Polk.

Damn went and looked at the link, damn if I wasn't right. Ft Polk.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:03:18 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:05:43 PM EDT
yeah I was in back in 72-75, 85-89 and 2003-05,,,,but the only ones I ever remember wearing pistol belts were DI's and SF..Just wondered....Old age ya know.LOL
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:06:00 PM EDT
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Gabriel Demonstration Teams would have worn them.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:07:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By williewvr:
Same reason they wore a beret and combat boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.
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Someone has a case of beret envy...
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:10:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By mike_nds:
When I was at Ft. Hood in the late 80's our sister battalion 1/41 Inf. 2AD wore pistol belts all the time.

They also did Battalion PT in matching uniforms a lot.


Unless it was required we wore anything we wanted in 3/41
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Which is why you were the inferior battalion.


Straight and Stalwart!
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:14:47 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By williewvr:
Same reason they wore a beret and combat jump boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.
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Fixed


Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:18:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:19:54 PM EDT
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Fixed


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Originally Posted By myitinaw:
Originally Posted By williewvr:
Same reason they wore a beret and combat jump boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.



Fixed



Lol. Yep.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:36:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bettendorf:
Someone has a case of beret envy...
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Originally Posted By Bettendorf:
Originally Posted By williewvr:
Same reason they wore a beret and combat boots with class As. They drew attention to themselves.
Someone has a case of beret envy...

Nope. I grew up around a bunch of them (fathers friends), most of them were nuts. When I went in it wasn't something I wanted. My brother turned down a chance. He was a 31v with a 13b secondary. Top 1-2% of his mos on the sqt.

I'm a cav scout, so I know how to sham, drink coffee, and how/where to hide in the motor pool at Ft Knox.
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:50:09 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bettendorf:
Gabriel Demonstration Teams would have worn them.
http://weaponsman.com/?p=11967


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Jeez, Green Berets were even fat back then!
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 7:58:03 PM EDT
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Jeez, Green Berets were even fat back then!
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Originally Posted By steve-oh:
Originally Posted By Bettendorf:
Gabriel Demonstration Teams would have worn them.
http://weaponsman.com/?p=11967




Jeez, Green Berets were even fat back then!
what the fuck are you talking about?
Link Posted: 6/21/2016 8:33:47 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
pistols

solid first post.

keep up the good work
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