Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Hendricks
The secrets of looking good in a military uniform is a mystery unlocked only through the halls of boot camp, where lessons of shining shoes, folding sleeves, and ironing wax into creases abound. Meanwhile, people in the civilian world seek to look their best, without those time and battle-tested tricks.
In a recent video, the folks at Slate sought to fix that, and unearth the mystery of the military shirt staying so perfectly tucked. This, in and of itself, is a noble endeavor, but Slate only captures half of the solution to keeping your shirt tucked in to military standards.
In the video, Slate demonstrates the “military tuck,” the practice of folding the excess fabric of your shirt behind your back when you tuck it in. But the military doesn’t call it a “military tuck,” much for the same reason I imagine people in Germany would just call a German Shepherd a dog. In the military, the practice is called “blousing your shirt,” evoking a little-used definition of the word blouse that I, for one, have only ever heard in the military. Blouse, verb; “to dispose the material of a garment in loose folds, as trouser legs over the tops of boots.” It’s a handy word; it should catch on more.
Anyway, in the video, the folks at Slate say that this is the secret to keeping your shirt tucked in and looking neat, this “military tuck.” Blousing your shirt does indeed look neat and slimming. But unless there’s something keeping your shirt taut, the first time you bend over or stretch or otherwise move, you’re going to be back at square one.
The second half of the equation is the shirt stay: clip-on elastic garters that attach to your shirt and then either clip on to your socks or loop around your feet. Rock a pair of those, and you’ll stay crisp and tucked in all day. It can be confining, but sometimes looking good involves being a little bit uncomfortable.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.
A B-2 Spirit bomber deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing fly near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during a interoperability training mission Jan. 15, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)
The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.
These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.