Auscam Boonie Hat

Massive thanks go to Kobe Peters who very kindly sent me today’s item, an Auscam boonie hat:

The boonie hat was hugely popular with armies across the world and the Australian army used an olive green version throughout the Vietnam War and into the mid eighties. It was clearly a suitable design for use in the jungle and with the introduction of the Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU), more commonly referred to as Auscam, a new boonie hat was issued in the camouflage. It is the traditional bowl shape with a large brim to keep the sun and rain off the wearer’s face:

As is frequently the case with these patterns of hats, a series of loops are fitted round the base of the crown to allow foliage to be slotted in:

The brim itself has a series of lines of stitching that help stiffen and reinforce it:

This particular hat is an early production piece from 1989 and is a size 62:

I do query Australian Army sizes as I am usually a 58, and this fits me nicely. I have seen other Australian hats that also seem to be much smaller than their size would indicate, so it does seem to be a pattern.

This hat is the last piece that allows me to put together an Australian Army impression, and I will show that off at the end of January. In the meantime, Merry Christmas!

One comment

  1. There are 2 types of bush hat in service in Australia, the broad brim and the short brim. Usually just referred to as a bush hat in the ADF, the broad brim is sometimes referred to as a Boonie hat to distinguish it from the shorter brim hat. Boonie is an American term and we generally don’t use it. Any DPCU hat is a bush hat. Although there are no regulations against using the broad brim hat (its officially encouraged), no self respecting infantry soldier would be seen dead wearing it. Short brim generally rule.

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