dark asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 5 months ago

What do people mean when they say the brown boot when referring to the military?

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  • 5 months ago
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    It is not Brown boot.........but rather, Brown shoe.

    It's an old term for the color of shoes Naval officers used to wear with the khaki uniform.

    The "sea going" officers wore black shoes.

    Aviation officers wore brown shoes (and socks).

    All officers wore black shoes with Navy blues, and white shoes with the white uniforms.

    Source(s): US NAVY.
  • RICK
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Many many years ago Naval officers had a dress kakai uniform with which they wore brown shoes

    Then the uniform went away except for Naval Aviation so aviators were known as the brown shoe Navy

    About 20 years ago they brought back dress kaskai but only aviators wear brown shoes

  • 5 months ago

    "Brown shoe" refers to the old days when military members wore brown shoes. Today, they wear black, except the desert boots which are still brown.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    I think you mean Brown Shoe not boot. Brown Shoe are Navy Pilots, Black Show are all the others not pilots.

    • Big Mouth
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      I better hear some Kenny Loggins Danger Zone.

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  • 5 months ago

    Brown shoe = air support. Black shoe = regular job.

  • ricky
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    I think it means Army. The Navy has a Black shoe sailor. That being an active duty career minded Sailor, as opposed to a part time reservist like I was. Black shoe is the real deal Sailor. Do that a few decades, and you become Salty.

  • 5 months ago

    a brown boot, vs a black boot

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    In WWII brown boots are what Army aviators wore before they separated and became the Air Force.

  • John
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    The only boots I saw in my 4 yrs active were black. Never heard that about brown boots.

  • Frank
    Lv 5
    5 months ago

    Never heard the expression. But soldiers wear BOOTS. Some BLACK...some other COLORS...so brown is not out of the realm of possibility.

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