In 1775, the Continental Congress decided to dress troops in brown (favorite color because it was used on every farm), but difliculty in getting cloth made the Quartermaster Department buy whatever was available.

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Pea coats, which are worn these days by men and women alike, were first produced for sailors in the European navies of the late 1700s.

Originally termed P-jackets for the coarse twill pilot’s cloth used in their manufacture, these coats were most commonly made of a fabric called Melton wool, named after the English town of Melton Mowbray where the material was made.

Sure, these are awesome, but before you ever learn to do any of that, first, you have to deal with ten very surprising and often ridiculous realities that you might not have seen in the recruiting brochure. Cool,” says the fat kid as he enters the recruiting office.

Problem is, he’s FAT, and the US military has regulations and rules regarding this.

Men paid for uniforms through pay deductions, as was the custom of the British service (bringing monthly pay of a private down to $2.00).

In 1776, the Congress authorized Washington to raise an army by direct enlistment and to prescribe a uniform.

In general, military jackets and coats are divided into two categories, dress and fatigue.

Dress uniforms are worn for special occasions and decorated with insignia or awards.

The Army tells him it will take several months of hard training to bring the weight down to an acceptable level.