Page 90. Not that there’s anything WRONG, in the cosmic sense, with a guy wearing nail polish, but it was certainly a hell of a lot more conspicuous than he’d intended. His theory, on further questioning, was that his fingernails were “weak,” and that the nail polish would toughen them up like leg braces on a polio victim. This is yet another example of never having to actually invent dialogue for this comic, reality being quite sufficient. “You know what — never mind. Carry on.” should be engraved on the inside of every West Point class ring; it’s a phrase that comes in handy.
AR 670-1 is “Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia,” and also covers things like hair and makeup. In this scene, in case some readers aren’t familiar with the process, the gunner is removing any ammunition from the machine gun — “clearing” it — to prevent lethal accidents now that they’re back on base, and the officer is checking it.