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US Army Authorizes Black Socks For PT Uniform

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 5, 2015) — Soldiers are now authorized to wear either black or white socks with their Army physical fitness uniform.

Effective immediately, black socks can be worn with either the gray-black PT uniform or the new gold and black uniform.

Black socks are now authorized for wear with both the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (black and gold) and the traditional gray Army Physical Fitness Uniform. Both uniforms are shown here a U.S. Army Alaska formation as Soldiers participate in an Army Birthday Run on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 4, 2015.

Like white socks, the black socks must be plain with no logos. The socks can be calf-length or ankle-length, but must at least cover the entire ankle bone, said Sgt. Maj. Eva M. Commons, Army uniform policy sergeant major with G-1.

The new policy comes as a result of Soldiers requesting the change over the last several months, Commons said.

“The senior Army leaders will go out to various installations and receive questions from the field,” Commons said. “…One of the ones brought back was the request to be authorized to wear black socks.”

The Army staff then examined the request, she said. The black sock question was also placed into a uniform item survey completed in August by 18,588 Soldiers. Almost 67 percent of respondents, or 12,408 said that black socks should be authorized.

Since the black socks will be optional, there was no production requirement, no cost associated, and the logistical aspect was minimal, so this change was able to go through an abbreviated board process, Commons said, but added that all of the steps of the Uniform Board process were still completed before the change was considered by the Army chief of staff.

“We were able to get through all of the steps much more quickly and get it approved and get it implemented so Soldiers can start operating under this new guidance,” she said.

The new guidance is outlined in an Exception to Policy, or ETP, memorandum signed by Lt. Gen. James McConville, Army G-1, Nov. 5. That memo will serve as the authorization for Soldiers to wear black PT socks until DA Pam 670-1 is updated in a few months, Commons said.

Another change to the new DA Pam 670-1 will be the elimination of all reference to the dress green Army Service Uniform, or ASU. Sept. 30 was the wear-out date for the green Class A jacket, she explained. All Soldiers should now have the blue ASU.

Other items in the recent uniform survey must go before the Uniform Board at Department of the Army before they can be implemented, Commons said. The survey included questions about a wind-proof blue Eisenhower jacket, a single-style “campaign hat” for all drill sergeants, and a single-style ASU cap for all Soldiers.

A majority of Soldiers voted for the optional wind-proof Eisenhower, or IKE, jacket meant to be worn in the workplace. A total of 11,613 Soldiers, or 62.5 percent of the respondents, were in favor of authorizing the Ike jacket to be worn in addition to the current black windbreaker.

Soldiers also voted that all drill sergeants, including women, should wear a single-style “campaign hat,” already worn by male drill sergeants. A total of 11,590 Soldiers, or 62.4 percent of respondents, wanted this headgear for all drill instructors.

A majority of survey respondents wanted the Army to go to a single-style service cap for all Soldiers. A total of 12,250 Soldiers, or 65.9 percent, wanted the “bus driver” type cap – now worn by males – to be authorized for wear by all Soldiers.

In addition, 10,313 respondents, or 55.4 percent, wanted the blue service cap to be the required headgear with ASUs for senior noncommissioned officers (sergeant first class and above), officers and warrant officers, instead of the beret.

A representative sample of active-duty, National Guard and Army Reserve troops were asked to complete the uniform survey.

Northern Red – 2016 Open Enrollment Training Schedule

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Northern Red Training Schedule

October 28. 2015 – Northern Red has launched the Company’s 2016 Open Enrollment Training Schedule on our website Including dedicated pistol, dedicated carbine and integrated pistol carbine programs, these classes focus on mindset, combat fundamentals and decision making under stress.

Northern Red offers a host of additional custom tailored small unit tactics classes available to military, law enforcement and security professionals. Contact for more information.

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Northern Red open enrollment Gunfighter instructor team consists exclusively of combat veterans with US Army Special Operations experience. Every class features a minimum of one instructor per ten students, insuring each student will receive individual attention and instructors can provide oversight for a safe training environment.

Haley Strategic Partners – HSP Website 2.0 Launch

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


Haley Strategic Partners has updated their website to its 2.0 incarnation. With this update, HSP has also dropped two new products, the Disruptive Grey FlatPack and Incog Rifle Bag Long.


Disruptive Grey FlatPack

The HSP D3 FlatPack is now available in Disruptive Grey. The D3 FlatPack is a pack designed with a unique expandable gusset system, which allows it to go from an almost flat profile to 600 cubic inches when completely expanded. For the full details on the D3 FlatPack, you can read our previous coverage of the pack.


Incog Rifle Bag Long

The Incog Rifle Bag Long is extended version of the original Incog Rifle Bag sized to accommodate SPR type rifles up to 38.5″ long. Like the original Incog Bag, the Long Bag is constructed of 1000D Cordura fabric with reinforced bar tack construction and can easily accommodate a handgun, rifle, chest rig, magazines, and more, for discreet carry or a trip to the range.

Additionally, HSP has also produced a video describing their Disruptive Science (D5) Program.

For more information on these products and services visit

Trident Concepts – The Blue Pill

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The title is a reference to the scene in The Matrix where the main character is awoken to reality. I like to use this reference when someone I know “wakes” up to our reality as it relates to Islamic terrorism.


The world has become so politically correct these days we are afraid to ask questions or speak the truth. We are afraid of being labeled, labels such as racist and Islamophobic. The truth is the answer to many of our problems, we need to seek the truth whenever possible then share what we have learned so others can see the same thing. There is no right or wrong to the truth, however the way we choose to look at it can have a right or wrong viewpoint. Recently I had an intense conversation with a close friend, someone I have known for years. They have not shared my views prior, but it was like a damn had burst.


I have been lucky to have seen the truth behind many of these terrorist organizations overseas. The oppression, cruelty and fear is real, ask any of us who have been overseas to share their experiences. I can vividly recall being asked to speak at a formal engagement about my experiences in Afghanistan. I was leery at first, but believed it was important the world know our efforts at the time were hugely successful. I didn’t know what to really talk about so I discussed what I saw and in particular the women. From the first to the last deployment I made I saw incremental changes to how women acted. There was fear in the beginning, fear we would abandon them, then as we had more success on the battlefield they slowly moved to more freedoms. These freedoms were concrete and started with their attire. In the beginning it was full on Burkas, then walking alone, then head pieces only, then I can recall seeing a women dressed in western business clothes walking freely in Kabul’s business district. Before our arrival this would have NEVER happened, but it was a testament to our success.


Back to our friend, when they “awoke” and realized the clear and present danger Islamic terrorism present to our way of life it was very scary. It’s like being in a coma all your life and when you wake up everything is different. I tried to ask them to pinpoint the singular event that was the genesis to their awakening. They had to think about this since they had spent a huge amount of time researching and discovering the truth. When they got back to me, this article, “Why Islam is More Dangerous than other Religions” stuck out as being a pivotal point. I encourage folks to read the article, this information and thousands of others like it are out there. It has nothing to do with political correctness, political correctness is an insidious ally to the fundamental deconstruction of our way of life and I refuse to be PC. You don’t have to like what you learn, but you must acknowledge it as truth.


After reading the article and discussing it with them I suggested they read a few books that gave amazingly clear view of the dangers we face. The first was a New York Times best seller and entitled The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. This was a great read and one of the best statements made on the book came from Andrew G. Bostom of the American Thinker,

“Robert Spencer’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) is a very readable, highly informed critique of living Islamic institutions and historical practices incompatible with modern constructs of human rights, and peaceful international relations. One hopes his trenchant observations will motivate the public to cajole media and policymaking elites into initiating a candid discussion of Islam—a discussion these elites have thus far scrupulously avoided.”

Another book I found very interesting and got to listen to her speak was from Bridgett Gabriel entitled Because they Hate, a first person account of growing up in Lebanon and having to witness the atrocities of that time period. Much of which are not known to the public. Her views are brutally honest and difficult to dismiss. I strongly encourage folks to read both these titles and research on your own if you have doubts as to the dangerous position we are in as a country. Our way of life is currently under attack, there is no other way to put it and if we do not take action now it may have dire consequences for generations to come.

We cannot be afraid to seek the truth, to speak the truth and take action to protect our way of life. We are at war, whether you want to acknowledge it or not.

I am politically incorrect, that’s true. Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism. I find that really scary, and I won’t be intimidated into changing my mind. Everyone isn’t going to love you all the time. Mel Gibson, Actor

This OpEd was written by my friend Jeff Gonzales of Trident Concepts and shared at his request.

Frank Proctor Runs The Vision Quest Range Drill

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Survival Tactical Systems – Smokecheck 15-02

Friday, September 25th, 2015


Survival Tactical Systems has announced the SMOKECHECK 15-02 event, being held October 16th-18th at a private location in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. For more info check out the link below.

You can also check out a video of the first Smokecheck event which was held in Kansas City, Missouri:

Panteao Releases New Pat McNamara Video

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Columbia, SC, September 23, 2015 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce the release of the streaming version of the new video, Make Ready with Pat McNamara: Carbine TAPS.

Pat McNamara (Mac) has 22 years of Special Operations experience, 13 of which were in 1st SFOD-D. He has extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He trains individuals at basic and advanced levels of marksmanship and combat tactics.

With Carbine TAPS (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting), Mac introduces you to his performance based training methodology. He reviews carbine setup, the basics of rifle marksmanship, discovery learning, malfunctions, use of cover, moving with a rifle, the four shooting positions, his Bilateral drill, the Grid of Fire drill, the Grinder, the Turn and Burn, the Blaze X drill and more.

Filmed in UltraHD 4K video, Carbine TAPS is available streaming online for Panteao subscribers via the Panteao website, mobile apps, and Make Ready Roku Channel. The DVD version will begin shipping by October 1st.

Make Ready - McNamara