Today's candidate is the Navy's work uniform:
Navy working uniforms are extremely flammable and will melt in a fire, putting sailors at risk, the Navy announced Wednesday.
The nylon-and-cotton (referred to as NYCO) uniforms worn by sailors on ships and at bases “will burn robustly,” and turn into a “sticky molten material,” according to a test conducted in October by the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility.
I understand that the various branches of the military have gone to "splotchy" looking fabrics for uniforms. It's sort of the fad these days, maybe because it sorta hides various spills. But I'd love to know how the "Research Facility" was unable to determine the safety problems with this fabric before approving it for use throughout the Navy.
And I'd love to know why the traditional cotton denim that worked so well when I was in the Navy int he mid 60's. That uniform worked so well for so many decades.
Two other bright spark comments from the article:
Sailors on ships are regularly exposed to the threat of fire, especially those working with or near planes or engines.
Anyone who has served on a Navy ship understands this.
The Navy removed its requirement that all uniforms be flame-resistant in 1996.
I have to believe that the Navy's "Research Facility" is basically outsourced to some civilian company. A find it hard to believe that serving Navy personnel who spent time at sea would actually be that dumb.
I would also have to ask why the Navy needed a "Research Facility" in the first place. The traditional uniforms have served the Navy well for generations.
Clearly Dumb & Dumber