serialbabbler (serialbabbler) wrote,


"In 1950 the new Air Force uniform was ready. There was little difference between the outfits of officers and men except the insignia. But the Air Force found it did have to make one significant change. The old tradition of manly shoulder patches would have to go. Some of the old ones had been openly warlike, if not sadistic, depicting skulls, demons, devils, and pirates. But the new shoulder patches were politically corrected, and one squadron, which prided itself on its emblem of a pirate wearing the conventional eye patch, had to get rid of the eye patch, lest someone visually challenged be offended. Not merely a hitherto unheard-of egalitarianism, this new sentimentality was beginning to dominate the world of military uniforms, and soon the idea that the function of soldiers was to kill human beings, sometimes including women and children, became profoundly embarrassing, if not unthinkable." -from Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear by Paul Fussell

"Diversity within boundaries isn't really diversity, it's unity. Even if not very often, diversity has to violate boundaries." -from The Armies of Memory by John Barnes
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