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U.S. Navy photo / Chief Mass Communication Specialist Cynthia Z. De Leon.

There are times that make you wonder which side the brass is on. As Homer made clear in The Iliad, it’s the ground pounders who suffer the consequences when headquarters makes bad decisions. Here are five instances in which “The Good Idea Fairy” paid the U.S. military a visit with some terrible, terrible gear ideas.

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U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class James Johnson

Editor’s Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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In keeping with a big year in Official Army Fashion (No more gross gray PT uniforms! Brand new jungle boots! The return of pink and greens!), the Army is working overtime to field its new Improved Hot Weather Army Combat Uniform, the lightweight ACU alternative that features a breathable, quick-drying tunic perfect for the oppressive humidity.

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