Bucket Hats in the Military

Due to the practicality and durability of the bucket hats, they are used by many armies and special troops.

The bucket hat was introduced by the U.S. military during the Second World War. It was used to protect the soldiers’ heads and eyes from the sun and prevent the soldiers from getting heat-related illnesses. Besides, prevent soldiers from glaring when aiming a weapon.

The US Navy issued hats with denim and navy twill. Known as the “Daisy Mae”, these bucket hats featured a regular-sized crown with an extended brim that can perform better in monsoon season. The Israeli Armed Forces also used a soft hat with a wide brim in the 1940s, similar to the Daisy Mae.

The bucket hat was slightly modified in the 1960s by the U.S. army, which was called “Boonie Hat” and then the bonnie hat was used in the Vietnam War. Boonie hat also known as a “Giggle Hat” in the Australian Army, was originally issued to the Green Berets for Special Forces, but it was quickly adopted by other forces and even the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Giggle hats were issued as the standard uniform of Australian troops fighting in Southeast Asia during the Second World War. The design originated from the British uniform which was used to fight in hot and humid conditions. During that time, the Green Berets were used by the US Army, Australian and Vietnamese troops. In order to avoid this conflict, the boonie hat was introduced to the US army.

The Boonie is very similar to the bucket hat except that it has a flat top and a hard brim. Moreover, the inclusion of features such as loops of fabric “branch loops” around the crown which were used to hold leaves and shrubs that used as camouflage. Soldiers often sew old camouflage uniforms onto their boonies.

By 1967, the U.S. army began using the boonies as a standard. These hats are made of windproof cotton poplin and come with an anti-mosquito net. The boonie hat usually was adopted generic olive drab, tiger stripe or leopard spot pattern.

In Israel, the bucket hat is known as “Rafael hat”, because it was worn by the former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, General Rafael Eitan. Then it was renamed to “Tembel” to protect people from the sun. It has become a symbol of freedom and independence by the Israelis.

Nowadays, bucket hats are still seen in Armies and Special Forces around the world. The bucket hat is widely used among people. Since the late 1960s, the bucket hat has successfully entered the stage of Hip-hop outfits and become one of the symbols of rappers. Today the bucket hat is a fashion item for hipsters and bloggers alike. The styles of bucket hats getting more varied, which means there are more choices available for people. It is not only used to do sun protection but also plays a more important role for decorating. Therefore, many people are favored it and would like to wear the hat in daily life.

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