Wholesale Drill Sergeant Hats
Drill sergeant hats also known as campaign hats are a broad-brimmed felt or straw hat with a high crown pinched at the four corners. The origins of the hat can be traced to the 1840s when army troops posted in the west took to wearing civilian hats which were far more practical than the shakos or kepis then in vogue with most western armies. During the Spanish American War the standard central crease on the crown was found to be impractical as it tended to hold the rainwater from the frequent tropical downpours. Many soldiers reshaped the crown to form a pinched "Montana peak." The army officially adopted the peaked design in 1911. 8, Sept. 1911 Hat, Service, M1911 (Campaign Hat.). In 1942 the campaign hat ceased to be issued but was still found in the some parts of the army for much of world war II. In 1964 the hat was reintroduced to become a proud symbol of the drill sergeant. The original design was taken from the Australian bush hat, and was beige in color. In 1983 the color was changed to greenish brown color, style unchanged. The drill sergeants chosen to train Soldiers for combat wear the campaign hat as a testament of their demonstrated professionalism and proven leadership. The hat further provides for lineage of the U.S. Army past, present and future. The campaign hat is worn in many movies and is symbol of Smokey the Bear. The campaign hat has a lot of current and past history with countries around the world. Canada - the Stetson was the official dress hat of the Northwest Mounted Police (later Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who retain it as part of the full dress uniform) as well as Canadian cavalry units in the First World War. It is also used by members of the Ontario Provincial Police, but it is being phased out due to problems wearing them in police cruisers. Though similar to the U.S. Campaign Hat, the indentations of the hat are different. New Zealand Army, whose uniforms have historically followed the British pattern, has the campaign hat (known as the "lemon squeezer" hat) as the most visible national distinction. After being in abeyance since the 1950s, the "lemon squeezer" has recently been reintroduced for parade dress where it is usually worn with a version of the khaki "no 2" service dress of the British Army. Campaign hats are still worn by U.S. park rangers of the National Park Service. Many states' fish and game wardens, and state park police wear campaign hats. Rangers of many local parks departments wear the campaign hat, such as the New York City Parks Enforcement Patrol. Several U.S. state police services (such as the Iowa State Patrol) and some local police (including numerous county sheriffs' services) wear campaign hats. So common is it among state highway police that they are sometimes referred to as "smokeys," after Smokey Bear, the logo-character of the United States Forest Service who wears one (though state police have no relationship to the Forest Service, the nickname was born of the physical similarity with the cartoon figure). Many other police agencies use the campaign hats for particular duties or divisions; for example, officers of the California Highway Patrol as well as officers of the Los Angeles Police Department's and Chicago Police Department's mounted units, and deputy sheriffs assigned as cadre of the Cook County Sheriff's Boot Camp wear campaign hats. The campaign hat is still available for wear by Boy Scouts of the Boy Scouts of America. Because this style of hat is also so traditionally associated with Scouting, campaign hats are often used as presentation items by troops and local councils for adult Scouters and community and business leaders being honored for their service to the Scouting movement.
Drill sergeant hats are ideal for drill sergeants, state troopers, public safety hats, camp counselors, parade wear, camping, and much more. It is associated with World War I ground forces of the United States Army, contemporary U.S. military drill instructors, state police forces, park rangers, Boy Scouts, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Legion of Frontiersmen and others.
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