Smelly Chinstraps

I spent a warm summer at a military academy in the mid-west. It was a good experience, but I think what stopped me from spending another summer there was that I don’t like the smell of chinstraps:

Members of Riverside Military Academy from Gainesville, Ga., march down Baker Street during the 31st annual Veterans Day Parade in Atlanta, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

5 thoughts on “Smelly Chinstraps

  1. My old drill instructor would have had a fit to see a chin ‘stay’ used as a nose ‘stay’.

    On the Pithe helmet worn on ceremonial occasions the leather chin ‘stay’ had solid brass interlinked rings that had to be polished with ‘brasso’. It was bad enough catching the aroma from the chin, but directly under the nose…. unimaginable.

    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=royal+marine+pith+helmet&hl=en&client=safari&sa=X&rls=en&biw=1918&bih=1064&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=0QI45udsGAQXjM:&imgrefurl=http://britains-smallwars.com/Museum/RM/rm-hat.html&docid=NsqN1IvCvH2NoM&imgurl=http://britains-smallwars.com/Museum/RM/RMDetHMSJamaica1955.gif&w=298&h=176&ei=MDyhUO7vBoHX0QXOlIC4CQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=353&vpy=177&dur=2014&hovh=140&hovw=238&tx=92&ty=156&sig=114106672149714582688&page=1&tbnh=135&tbnw=220&start=0&ndsp=58&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:72

    Yours Aye.

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