Gear – Uniforms

Uniforms mean a lot of things to a lot of people. They are also quite varied in style. Military uniforms in particular have piqued my curiosity for some time now. The camouflage uniforms, mostly US military ones, are the ones I favor the most. Originally, I only liked the older BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) style, a style most commonly seen as “camo” when it comes up in conversation. The current US Army uniform, the ACU (Army Combat Uniform) was my first of the “digital” styles. I later added a MCCUU (Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform) Woodland set to my collection. The desert variation came later to me as I didn’t find an attraction to it for a while. Of all my uniforms, I still find the USMC Woodland MARPAT (MARine PATtern) uniform to be my favorite.

USMC Woodland (MCCUU) with my duty belt.
USMC Woodland (MCCUU) with my duty belt.
BDU's in the woods. Not well hidden, but it is a start.
BDU’s in the woods. Not well hidden, but it is a start.

Uniforms themselves also command a lot of respect. While I personally have not been in the military, I do have a lot of respect for the uniforms. The power a military uniform commands gets my interest, but not nearly as much as the detail that goes into wearing them. When I started with uniforms, I thought the blouse was supposed to be tucked in. I’m sure I even went out that way a few times before realizing that it wasn’t right. In the process of trying to find out what color undershirt and other small details went into a uniform, I learned so much more than I expected. I found the USMC guidelines for the proper application of straitjackets, handcuffs, and leg irons. This information was discovered while I was also looking for information on military police and their gear. It has been the MP look that has attracted me the most. How could I go wrong with a combination of bondage and uniforms?

Proper wear of uniforms, outside the military, is still something that should be done. Small details, such as tucking the boot laces in, blousing the pants, proper wear of the cover, and the proper color belt are essential to maintaining a good appearance when wearing any uniform. I strongly suggest going to the US military websites to see how to wear a uniform right. I also suggest against wearing any rank or medal that is not earned. Depending on what is worn, it may also be illegal to do so. While sometimes uniform wear itself is frowned upon, there are still many venues it is OK to wear one at. Leather bars, uniform nights, and events are good locations to wear a uniform. I’ve worn mine many times to various leather bars and events.

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