When I was a young lad and contemplating a life afloat in the Royal Navy, I was much taken by the smart and rather rakish appearance of the average matelot in his natty blue uniform with bell-bottom trousers, starched collar and that rope thing in front. Setting the whole outfit off of course, was the immaculate white cap with it's gold-lettered cap-tally. The cap itself was worn forward on the brow and had distinct curve in it between the front and rear giving a real sense of style and dash to the whole thing. Any old Navy photo's from about 1970 backwards will show what I mean Nowadays whenever I see a naval rating in this rig he's inevitably got some dreadful unshaped "straight-out-of-the -box, as-issued" piece of tat on his head, which looks even worse as there seems to be a prevailing tendency to wear them about three inches above the brow. It makes the wearer look a complete chopper and totally gormless frankly. My question is this, what happened to the old-style of wearing the cap? Is it a clampdown on Dress and Standards or a cheap and nasty new type of cap which can't be shaped? Or, are today's matelots simply not bothered about their appearance? I mean, in the army there is the "correct" way of wearing a beret, which is fine if you want to look like a fuc*ing window-licker or Benny Hill. Frankly only a total cnut or a Guards officer would wear it that way, nobody with a speck of personal pride, a sense of self- awareness or a smidgeon of human dignity would do so, and this is generally accepted, why not in the Andrew? :? :? Nothing personal you understand, just asking!