The service cap for Company Grade Infantry Officers is worn by Commissioned (O-1 to O-3) and Warrant (W-1 and W-2) officers. It features a hatband in the Infantry branch color of Light Blue with golden borders, a goldenlite chinstrap, and Army Shade 450 material. All our caps are manufactured new and ship read to wear.


Army Techniques Publication 3-21.8, Infantry Platoon and Squad, describes the characteristics of the Army’s backbone units and spells out their mission with a brevity and succinctness not often found in Army publications. “The Infantry Platoon and squad,” it reads, “is an all-weather, all-terrain unit…[its] primary mission is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver to destroy, capture, or repel an assault by fire, close combat, and counterattack.”

This mission statement reveals a truth that up until the start of the 20th century was an axiom of warfare: An army does not control ground until its troops occupy it. With the arrival of military aviation and subsequent advances in the payload and firepower that could be delivered by aerial platforms, however, some in the military began promoting the notion that battles could be won entirely through the use of air power. In their minds, the Infantry would be deployed only after the battle had been decided, arriving as occupiers rather than as conquerors.

But this has never came close to being achieved. A textbook example is seen in the case of the German invasion of France in 1940 and the evacuation at Dunkirk. While many reasons are cited for Hitler’s decision to halt the advance of his armored columns and the infantry following behind them, one undeniable component was the promise by Herman Goering that the Luftwaffe could “finish off” the 300,000-plus British and French soldiers bottled up at the coastal town. Not only did the Luftwaffe fail to wipe out the Allied soldiers, but it also allowed seven out of every eight of them to escape.

Another example came nearly four years later at the Battle of Monte Cassino. In an effort to dislodge the German 10th Army from its defensive positions along the Gustav Line, the Allies decided to bomb a monastery because the suspected (wrongly so) that it was being used as an observation post for German artillery spotters. On February 15, 1944, more than 1,100 tons of high-explosive and incendiary ordnance was dropped on the monastery, which had been built around 530 A.D., coupled with heavy artillery bombardments between bombing runs.

Rather than force the defenders to retreat, however, the bombs instead turned the abbey into piles of rubble that not only provided outstanding defensive positions for the Germans, but which also could not be damaged any further by continued bombing and artillery shelling. The Germans did not retreat until May 18, and then only because of Infantry assaults that threatened to overwhelm their positions. Admittedly, the Allies had never assumed that air power alone would force the Germans to withdraw, but it did reveal the limitations of aerial bombardment.

And despite amazing advances in the power and lethality of both artillery and aerial ordnance since the Second World War, one need look no farther than the lessons of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom to find proof that Infantry is still the linchpin of military operations.

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