The USMC Boonie Hat Review

A boonie hat, also known as a bush hat, is a form of wide-brim hat commonly used by military forces. Its design is similar to a bucket hat but with a stiffer brim. Often a fabric tape band of ‘branch loops’ is sewn around the crown of the hat. This ‘foliage ring’ is meant to hold additional vegetation as camouflage. A strap provides stability. The crown may be vented with rivets or mesh panels. Snaps may also be provided with which to fix the brim in the style of an Australian bush hat.

The boonie hat was introduced to the United States armed forces during the Vietnam War, when United States Army Green Berets began wearing them in the field, along with Australian and Army of the Republic of Vietnam units.[1] These leopard spot or tigerstripe boonie hats were locally procured, the camo cloth was usually salvaged from other uniform items or with the former from a parachute or made up by the tailor.

In 1967, the US Army began issuing boonie hats, as the “Hat, Jungle, with Insect Net”, made of cotton and wind-resistant poplin, in olive drab, tigerstripe, and ERDL pattern.[2] It was meant to supplement and replace the patrol and baseball caps that had been in service since World War II. As the U.S. military evolved away from a garrison mentality, the boonie found a permanent place as part of the uniform of all services. The boonie has changed little through the decades since Vietnam and is still in use in Iraq and Afghanistan as an alternative to the patrol cap. The U.S. Military boonie hat has come in a variety of camouflage patterns; the current assortment includes US M81 woodland, three-color desert, UCP, and both desert and woodland versions of MARPAT, as well as the Air Force ABU pattern. The boonie hat is often worn with the wearer’s rank insignia pinned to the front, above the branch loops.


J TV says:

No Christopher, it is not.

The Viking 916 says:

Uhem I think you mean marines not solider

fruityrudy21 says:

Lots of butthurt marines in the comments.

Howard Chernikoff says:

Marine soldiers? These “experts” should actually do military time. I hate wannabees.

Joie Mojica-Gahum says:

Its like my roadeavour.

im Davina says:

im a Marine and i want to give you some information. first it is known as a cover the boonie cover. next the chin strap is supposed to be synched behind the neck and not under the actual chin.

ocrider69 says:

Your operator as fuck “whiskeyfox”

Blake Gardner says:

Dude, in the Marine Corps you don’t call them Soldiers

Survival Mindset says:

Great review awesome to keep the sun off you!

Taromovies Swiss Bushcraft & Survival says:

a great hat on a great face:-) great review again, take care Taro

Philip Duty says:

I agree, a soldier is a soldier, and a Marine is a Marine, and like many before me, I earned the right to wear the EGA, because of everyone who serves, we give you the right to be a wanna be, and wear what you want. That is all, carry on, and Semper Fi. ..

J TV says:

Re Whiskey fox’s USMC Boonie “hat” review: in the beginning of the review, you said “Marine soldiers” wear it. A MARINE IS A MARINE…NOT A SOLDIER. A soldier refers to someone in the army; it is NOT a generic term for someone in the military. Secondly, we Marines refer to it as A COVER, not a hat. Thirdly, we earn the right to wear the eagle, globe, and anchor, which is our emblem, not a “symbol”, as you called it. If you have not earned the right to wear it, you shouldn’t.

J TV says:

Side, a Marine is NOT a soldier. If civilians think that any military member is a “soldier”, its ignorance on their part. Army personnel are soldiers, Navy personnel are sailors, Airforce personnel are airmen/airwomen, coastguardsmen and coastguardswomen women serve in the coastguard. Marines are”Marines.” I earned the right to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. It’s incredible how such
clueless people have such strong opinions. Try being informed, instead of being opinionated.

steve4321able says:

Mine is the exact same but does not say sekre on it.

Cheeto Fingers says:

Blaster didn’t look goofy in his boonie hat in Uncommon Valour, even with the brim turned up in the front….. : }

J TV says:

The privilege of wearing the eagle, globe, and anchor is one that is earned, not bought. Marines take this VERY seriously. Yes, they are sold in surplus stores, etc., however, the market is largely former Marines, active or reserve Marines, and Marine Corps League members. Be prepared to feel extremely foolish when a real Marine, who earned that right, asks you when and where you served.

SubArcticWolf Tools & Outdoors says:

Looks good! It’ll be better once it’s broken in!

CaptainCool07 says:

According to the law, Its stolen valor if a person fraudulently claim he is a vet with the *intention* of obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefit. I dont think wearing a hat fits this definition. The supreme court ruled that unconstitutional in 2005.

Grubkat says:

They make great water buckets!

JJ Weddle says:

Marines are not soldiers there called marines!

Rene Barajas says:

0:45 Marines are not soldiers, They are marines fyi

Whiskeyfox says:

thanks for the heads up 🙂

George B. says:

Damn I respect the USMC but I found the exact cover in an ditch if it was supposed to be earned they why would someone leave it in a ditch in the first place?

Máquina Palmares says:

I wonder if I can get one like this without the Marine EGA emblem on it? I just don’t feel right wearing it, not being a Marine or even closely related to one… but I really do like the hat, I just want to show respect for the Marines!

Prepper0914 says:

Ok I’m 15 so obviously I’m not a marine, yes I want to be but I’m not one yet. A former marine gave me the cover that I have, I think it’s ok for kids to wear tees things but adults shouldn’t unless they earned it. My dad’s in the army and he’s the one who gave me that point of view.

J TV says:

Well John Galt, first of all it’s “Corps” not corp. secondly, if you want to wear the insignia of a military service that you were not a member of, I guess whatever service your a “vet” of, isn’t good enough for you? As for our EG&A, the original poster referred to it. Yes it’s a “boonie” hat, or cover,, but the o e being referred to HAS the EG&A on it, and that’s the issue. As I’ve said, if you want to wear it, move to the US, enlist and earn it.

Danny Chaney says:

The guy is giving a review on a soft cover obviously prior service knows what this is already so I’m guessing you just came here to bust his balls

Martina Dejaquiz says:

thx – hit like.

Maro Saul Bello says:

Put that boonie cover down. It’s not a toy and you’re not a marine.

tree rat76 says:

Surplus store

Boomstick says:

That’s a cover, not a hat.

gsp0113 says:

I’m not a Marine, and I would definitely *not* go wearing a USMC hat with the EGA emblem on it. If you aren’t a Marine, and you do, expect to be slapped on the back and hear a Semper Fi! at some point… followed by a conversation, which could get uncomfortable once it becomes clear you aren’t a Marine. If you like boonie hats, fine: buy one in a solid color without the EGA emblem. If you buy one with camo for hunting or camping, buy it without the EGA emblem and wear it only in the woods. “Faker,” “pretender,” “wannabe,” and “stolen valor” are not terms you want to hear because of a thoughtless hat choice.

Michael Penny says:

Damn civies man smh… You want to wear our EGA, then go fucking earn it. And learn Basic knowledge , MARINES and SOLDIERS are NOT the same

terry franks says:

army surplus world 12.49

stoneman886 says:

I have one in coyote tan.. does a great job keeping the sun off

earthworkr2 says:

People can find the stupidest things to argue about.  So what if the dude was or was not a Marine or a Soldier or whatever.  Its just a stupid HAT, or a COVER, or a HEAD CONCEALMENT DEVICE, or whatever other name you want to give it.  Just get one, wear it, and be happy.  Live and let live.

terry franks says:

Amazon 23.95 for that exact hat

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