From previous post: The M1 Garand is still used by drill teams and military honor guards. It is also widely sought by the civilian population as a hunting rifle, target rifle and military collectible.
GI Joe first released the three service cadets in 1967 with authentic 1/6 dress uniform and nice detailing. Let's not forget Hasbro produced these figures for children to play with and they bothered to make sure each outfit was as accurate as possible to the actual thing. Kids today wouldn't care for the authenticity of the figures, adult collectors would!
The original Annapolis cadet soared in demand soon after because he had a unique sword which was different from the other two (West Point and Air Cadets) and was much sought after.
In 2001, Hasbro released the GI JOE Timeless Collection FAO Schwarz Exclusive "West Point & Annapolis Cadets" Figures and Accessories Reminiscent of the Golden Age (1964-1978). The GI Joe 1/6 scale 12-inch Annapolis Cadet figure came with Navy Blue Jacket with brass buttons, white pants, white garrison cap, dress shoes, blue sword belt with gold buckle and metal clips, collar anchor, sword, sheath, white ceremonial M1 Garand rifle with strap, and dog tag with chain. Also came with display base and USN Flag.
In my earlier post HERE, a "USNA ancient mariner" commented that they should be called Midshipmen and not cadets.
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