While they came into use just after I got out of the Guard, I thought the general issue of berets in the Army was a stupid, patronizing, feel-good shtick typical of the Clinton Era. Even it's nom-de-barracks, 'Monica', reminded all of it's origins.
Now, thankfully, it's gone.
IMHO, berets in the US Army should be reserved for the elites - Airborne, Rangers, and, of course, the Green Beret. For the rest of us, the patrol cap or boonie cap will do just fine.