My blogger son always adored my job as a lawyer and vowed to be one, when he grows up. That is true until the day his father arrived with these camouflage uniforms and unsurprisingly, he can’t keep his hands off them. Finally, a full camouflage uniform! All boys (and even girls) dream of wearing this-crazy, puzzle like, leaf shaped patterns.
During the 1930s, only soldiers and policemen were allowed to wear camouflage uniforms.Uniforms were invented for the purpose of identifying the wearer as a member of the army, police or a school. It is even considered a crime if you wear a uniform in false pretense. Although the uniform serves as a warning to the public that the wearer is a soldier or a member of the police force, it could be a fashion hindrance for people who desire to stand out in a crowd. Of course standing out is antithetical to most military strategies. The idea is to blend in or blend with the environment. To achieve this, soldiers don the camouflage.
In the Philippines, camouflage shirts and pants are as ubiquitous like maya birds! The fatigue/camouflage has become a fashion statement not only for families with soldier relatives but more so, by tricycle drivers.
The country’s then vice president was previously threatened with a case for wearing the camouflage. The case of course did not fly for the simple reason that everybody’s wearing it.
It is really easy to see why boys and tricycle drivers love the camouflage. One can’t help but feel proud or patriotic while wearing a symbol of valor.