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Old 01-11-2024, 11:42 AM
 
Location: The Sunshine State of Mind
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I retired last century in 1998.

I still have my pea coat, rain coat, utility jacket, flight jacket, boot camp issue gloves and a few other . I have 1 pair of black socks that were part of my boot camp bag lay. Those socks have been rolled up for over 40 years. They'd probably pass inspection today.
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Old 01-11-2024, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Army field jacket. Issued July 1966.
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Old 01-11-2024, 08:21 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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Served U.S. Army 1972-1974. Still have my winter wools and cotton/wool Long John’s.
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Old 01-11-2024, 09:49 PM
 
Location: PNW
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I have two of these. https://www.sportsmansguide.com/prod...yaaoouealw_wcb
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Old 01-12-2024, 05:41 AM
 
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I retired in 2014, and at first, I kept all my stuff. But after a few years, I started to think what is the point?

So I donated some items to the Airmen’s attic, donated some items to good will, and now I have nothing.

If I did have some stuff, again, what would be the point? So I can look at it once a year?
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Old 01-12-2024, 12:17 PM
 
Location: The South
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Got out of the ARMY in 1959 and still have a field jacket and somehow my duffel bag.
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Old 01-12-2024, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Uniform issue clothing, do you still have any?
I still have a set of dress blues [cracker jacks], and a few sets of old BDUs.

When I retired, I was told that I needed to maintain one set of dress uniform.

I have worn it to a few funerals, and a couple of times in a Memorial Day parade.



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... Still have my cruise jackets tough I can’t wear them. They’re a souvenir reminder of some of the places I’ve visited.
I never had a 'cruise jacket'.

During many many deployments, I saw a total of two 'liberty ports'. Lisbon Portugal for three days in 1979, and Saint Thomas USVI for three days in 1994.
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Old 01-12-2024, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Well, first of all, as an officer, a lot of it wasn't issued.
'issue' is a funny word.

They issue a set of uniforms, and after an inspection where you try it all on to prove that things roughly fit, then they issue the receipt and the funds are docked from your paycheck.

When I retired, PSD went through my personnel record to consolidate things, and in the process they removed a bunch of stuff. After 20 years they handed me the receipts from my initial BootCamp uniform issue process.

Because I was broken service, there was also the issue of my microfiche records that had to be re-incorporated into the service record from my first enlistment. My microfiche was requested in 1987 and it caught up with me 2000, just before I retired.

I also chuckle at crime dramas where they ask what I guy did in the military, and after the commercial break, they come out with his complete military service record, ignoring the fact that it routinely requires over a decade for them to find microfiche records.



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... But that said, I have my issued Great Coats (Convoy Coat) from my merchant service, at least.
When I was stationed in Scotland, we found a used uniform thrift shop at Fastlane [a local RN base] that had a closet loaded with Great Coats. When our E6s were selected for E7, it was a part of their initiation ceremony that they had to appear for inspection with a full complement of uniforms as E7s. At that time the Great Coats / Bridge Coats were terribly expensive and in high demand. We noticed they appeared to be identical to the RNs Great Coats. My Dw and I did a brisk trade with used RN Great Coats for newly minted E7s needing Bridge Coats.
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Old 01-12-2024, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I have a t-shirt with my basic training squadron emblem on it. Everything else went in the dumpster when I separated.
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Old 01-13-2024, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Got out of the Army in 1994. Still have a duffel bag packed with two sets of BDUs (woodland pattern.) A pair of boots issued at basic. Field jacket. Class A's. I did have a pair of jungle boots (green insert) that I was issued at my first duty station, I wore those for hiking, lawn mowing, and snow shoveling for years until they finally fell apart. I'd been wearing them hiking somewhere, and a man I'd never seen before approached me and said, "I can tell where and about when you served by those boots." He was about right.
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