The peaked cap, often referred to as the ‘crap hat’ or the ‘DILAC’ (Don’t I Look a C*nt) hat, has never been particularly popular with soldiers who have criticised it for its lack of sartorial looks. It is generally felt to look too Germanic or American but is (officially at least) the regulation headgear for some units to use in the field when not wearing a helmet. Like the rest of the British Army uniform, when MTP was introduced to replace DPM a new version of the cap in the camouflage was produced:
The cap retains the features of the traditional crap hat including the deep peak over the eyes:
Traditionally these peaks were stiffened with cardboard which swelled up when wet and took on a padded appearance! I can’t say for sure if the latest pattern still uses cardboard or has replaced this with a more durable material (and I am not about to soak this cap just to find out!).
A pair of small metal mesh grilles are fitted to either side of the crown for ventilation:
A neck curtain is fitted to the cap. Usually this is folded up inside, but can be pulled down to offer additional sun protection to the back of the neck:
The stores label for the cap is sewn into the underside of the crown:
One soldier provides his thoughts on the MTP Combat Cap:
The shi*ty crap hat, DILAC, C*nt cap, whatever cap has already made a comeback, and looks breath-takingly sh*t. I don’t expect to see many wearing it despite being MTP and made of the tour weight material. The fold down bit is still there but is unlined so that, erm, well I’m not sure what it will achieve the jungle hat won’t even without the neck thing at the back.
Why? Just fu*king why?