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A Soldier displays the correct way to wear a patrol cap. (Photo by T. Anthony Bell)

The Army recently reinstated the wearing of the patrol cap with the Army Combat Uniform. The following is a summary of the policy specifics taken from Army Regulation 670-1 and a list of reminders and tips for wear:

1 Place the cap on your head so that the seam in the front of the cap is centered with the bridge of your nose. The ends of the brim should be touching the top of your temples. No hair should be visible from the forehead. Rank insignia is always centered on this front seam.

2 Adjust the cap so that the band of the cap is wrapped around the largest part of your head and is parallel to the ground. A good trick to use is to place your index and middle fingers together and place them horizontally on top of the point where the top of the ear connects to your head. The brim should be just touching the top edge of your middle finger and level with the ground.

3 Smooth out any parts of the cap that are sagging on your head. The cap should have clean crisp angles. If worn correctly, the top of the cap should be at a slight forward angle.

4 Remove the cap and place it in your pocket whenever you are indoors, unless otherwise ordered by a commanding officer. The cap should be worn at all times when outside, again, unless otherwise ordered by a commanding officer.

Reminders for wear

• Soldiers should try to remember that the PC is not a civilian ball cap and they are not living back on the block.

• The PC is to be worn parallel to the ground above the ears/temple and two fingers above the bridge of the nose. It is not to be worn like a beanie cap.

• The Soldier should be able to see past the brim while in normal wear. The brim is not to have a severe curve/curl and the top is NOT to have a curl/tuck either. Blocking/starching is not permitted.

• If the PC does not fit properly, go purchase a new one as soon as possible.