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I am responding to "An AR 670-1 burning fest?" (letter, April 23) from the sergeant first class in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

I just retired from the Army on Jan. 1, and I believe that is one of the reasons I decided to retire.

Soldiers today worry more about comfort than protection. The military in general has become a kinder, gentler service. When I was an observer controller, the troops always had to be in correct uniform.

Why is the chain of command so blind when the units are deployed to uphold the standards? It would be a darn shame to notify a soldier’s next of kin that a soldier was hurt because he or she wasn’t in the proper uniform that is suppose to protect them.

Michael StreeterHohenfels, Germany

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