U.S. ARMY SERVICE CAP FOR FIELD GRADE OFFICERS IN THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S CORPS


The Army service cap is designated as an optional uniform item, but members of the Judge Advocate General's Corps who have achieved Field Grade status (O-4 to O-6) should consider it a “must have” component of their dress uniform “arsenal.”

For one thing, regulations specify that headgear must be worn with the Army Service Uniform all all occasions except when the blue uniform (i.e., the Army Service Uniform) is worn as a formal uniform to formal evening social functions—and the service cap conveys a much greater sense of formality than the beret. More importantly, however, wear of the service cap rather than the beret is a sign that an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps takes both his career and his branch seriously enough to invest a little extra to achieve a squared-away, professional appearance.

Our service caps are manufactured in Army Shade 450 to perfectly match the Army Service Uniform, and they ship mounted and ready to wear. The arcs of oak leaves on cap’s visor are rendered in brilliant gold bullion, and the Dark Blue and White hatband signifies that the wearer serves in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Our caps meet or exceed all Army specifications, so you can wear them with the assurance that you will look your best when it matters most.
 
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During the early years of the United States Army’s involvement in Vietnam, the South Vietnamese government insisted that the fighting was not between two distinct countries, but rather a civil war against the one true government of all Vietnam: itself. While this argument had merit in terms of the Viet Cong, which were citizens of South Vietnam fighting for the Communist cause, it certainly did not apply to the troops from the North Vietnamese People’s Army of Vietnam.

But because the South Vietnamese refused to view captured Viet Cong and People’s Army of Vietnam troops as prisoners-of-war but instead as criminal inciting insurgency, they also felt they did not adhere to the Geneva Conventions regarding the treatment of POWs. While this was certainly not good news for captured troops from those forces, this stance also meant the North Vietnamese had absolutely no incentive to treat American and South Vietnamese prisoners as POWs according to the Geneva Conventions.

But thanks to the legal research and political pressure applied by Major General George S. Prugh, a Staff Judge Advocate General’s Corps who eventually was appointed The Judge Advocate General in 1971, a Prisoner of War program was established whereby detainees on both sides were at least formally afforded the protections of the Geneva Convention.
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