Among the manly tasks that revive the memory of my deceased retired military dad is getting the shoe shine kit and spiffing up my dress black shoes. I was not privileged to serve but if I know anything about the military, it is that a guy keeps his shoes 'spit shined'. I can remember as a boy how my brothers and I would watch this manly ritual. And it was none of that liquid or spray on crap. No, it was that thick Kiwi brand paste is the thin round can. He didn't have to be preparing to go anyplace special; having your shoes smart and shiny is just what you did. I love you, Dad. Thanks for that manly memory.

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I served in the UK milirary for 22 years, left 6 years back and 'bulling' as we called it was core to a parade.

 

On hindsight, total waste of time but all tied to discipline, essentially it means adding spit and polish layer after layer, then a glass appears.  Thing is, it does not last and cracks, then you do it all again....!

 

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Since we get hand-me-down uniforms and black boots we still teach CAP cadets to spit shine boots and shoes. 

I find it strange that as much as I hated drill at their age they love it and have organized their own color guard.

So. There IS hope in this younger generation of men!

You should meet them.  I can brag them up all day.  http://gocivilairpatrol.com/ 

Rich Nichol - their color guard does prefer the Chlorofram shoes since they are easier to make look shiny and uniform but most cannot afford them.  It only costs $28.00/year to be a CAP cadet and that included a voucher for a free set of US Air Force style "B"s (blue short sleeve shirt, slacks, and C-cap) so we try and scrounge dress shoes, black combat boots, woodland camo BDUs, belts, buckles, field jackets, GORTEX, gloves, etc.....  They tend to get a lot of older style leather dress shoes and then outgrow them quickly. 

This past Saturday our cadets volunteered to be made up like "zombie" airplane crash survivors for the Juneau Airport triennial disaster drill. 

So these young cadets spit/shine?  Interesting.  I worked a lot with US military and must admit felt the plastic wipe shine shoes did not cut it in my opinion, which many of them agreed with me on.

 

 

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