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Thread on British Military helmet fashion.

You many think there’s only one way to wear a helmet, but you're wrong. The British Army is tribal, & each tribe wears their helmets slightly differently.

This is mostly useless, but blame @CalibreObscura who made me do this. Enjoy.
British military Helmet fashion is based not only on “allyness” or “gucciness” (measures of military fashion), but also utility: “is this alteration likely to get me hurt?”

The black band in the example below fell out of fashion due to a nasty tendency to melt when on fire.
This was because they were mostly made out of the rubber cut off the tops of CBRN boots. Needless to say, this was a Bad Thing.

They reduced wear on the edges of the helmet cover, but no one really cared about that when they had molten fiery rubber dripping down their backs.
As a result, soldiers stopped using black rubber and switched to green tape. Although everybody calls it “sniper tape” it's in fact CBRN tape, made to seal up your CBRN suit so things like Sarin can’t get on your skin.

@dankaszeta can explain why that’s such an important point.
As with everything in the British Army, it took a while to actually get people to not wear something which was still regarded as “ally”, so you’d still get pictures like this.

I mean, are you going to be the guy to tell a prince to sort his helmet out?
Anyway, people eventually got the message and sniper taped helmets gained ascendancy.

But, some cheeky buggers called “the Taliban” worked out that the tape provided quite a good aiming mark. So orders came down that everyone needed to “scrim up” their helmet.
(The Paras did their own thing because fuck you)
A properly scrimmed up helmet actually looks quite good. It was a bit of a return to old-school: before 2011ish vegetation was stuffed into helmets, which would inevitably either fall out instantly, or make you look like a bush. Now the shape of helmets are inherently broken up.
Now, scrimming up a helmet is down to unit discretion, and lots of units do it different ways, based on their roles, whether they're in urban or countryside, or if they’re in vehicles or not.

Or, for example, if they're running a CBRN range in Afghan because why the fuck not.
A variation on this theme include a black elastic band, worn with Mk 6 & 6A helmets as the chin strap didn't fit wearing a respirator. You see it on a lot of helmets in 2003, and on RMAS cadets who thought it looked ally and tried to get away with wearing one as long as possible.
Now, with multiple types of helmet in service, including the Mk 6, Mk 6A, Mk 7 & Virtus helmet, you'll still see helmets being worn many different ways across the military.

The only thing that's certain is that the Para's will find a new way to wear one. Because fuck you. End.
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