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Date Posted: 10:03:08 11/20/06 Mon
Author: Randall Pierson
Subject: Federals in boots! (good idea?)

While looking over the guidelines for the Federal impression, I was struck by a few things that I consider to be ill-advised. Not to say that they ARE ill-advised, I just consider them so based upon personal experience.

1) Federal boots- Bad idea. I owned a pair of quality Fed boots for years and can say that they were a serious challenge on the march. I'm an active guy with calloused feet (gross I know) from years of sports and I always had a problem with those things tweaking my feet somehow. I never had a problem in bootees. In fact, I once marched 60+ miles through Louisiana in '94(?) without a blister in bootees.

2) Federal frocks - Depending on the weather this may be a bad idea for some. Again, I own proper Fed. frock made of broadcloth with wool batting in the chest etc. etc. I love fed frocks & in fact would call them my favorite US garment. That said, they are absolute sweat boxes ESPECIALLY if worn with an all wool contract issue shirt. It's hard to think of a better looking, more uncomfortable garment to wear on a march in serious heat. I've done it at two marching events and hated it each time.

I understand that one of the primary goals of this event is to correctly portray a unit actually on the march, but I think the most important goal should be to get guys through it. I'd hate to have some guy strive to meet the preferred guidelines only to be pouring blood out of his boot at the end of the first day. Folks will go to considerable expense to be there, why not change the guidelines to better insure that they get a bang out of their buck?

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