The new Army uniform: pink boxer shorts

U.S. Army Specialist Zachary Boyd fought the Taliban wearing pink boxer shorts and flip flops, and has been commended for it by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

"Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special Boxers kind of courage," Gates said in a speech to be delivered in New York.

"I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that: a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his cross-hairs. What an incredible innovation in psychological warfare," he said.

Army Specialist Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, rushed from his sleeping quarters on May 11 to join fellow platoon members at a base in Afghanistan's Kunar Province after the unit came under fire from Taliban positions.

A news photographer was on hand to record the image of Boyd standing at a makeshift rampart in helmet, body armor, red T-shirt and boxers emblazoned with the message: "I love NY." [Link]

Boyd is quite the hero. But times sure have changed. Wasn't it just a few years ago that you'd get kicked out of the U.S. Army for wearing pink boxer shorts?

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

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