Posted on Aug 28, 2020
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Soldier was found on a social media post about a year ago wearing a deployment patch that was not earned. Wondering what actions can be taken and regulation sources on the subject.
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LTC Hardware Test Engineer
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UCMJ -Article 134-56 - "Wearing unauthorized insignia, decoration, badge, ribbon, device, or lapel button".
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WO1 Platoon Sergeant
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There we go, thank you very much!
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PO3 Alphonso Everett
PO3 Alphonso Everett
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Is this similar to what John Kerry did?
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CPO Arthur Weinberger
CPO Arthur Weinberger
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PO3 Alphonso Everett - He got away with it and became a senator.
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LTC Michael Hrycak
LTC Michael Hrycak
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This carries significant exposure if found guilty. It is a violation of good order and discipline, which our Soldiers take very seriously
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It starts with a deployment patch, then an added ribbon for a campaign, then a ribbon for valor, then a CAB/CIB, etc....
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PO1 Jeff Gingerich
PO1 Jeff Gingerich
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I was a Student Brigade Company Commander at NATTC Memphis in the early '80s, in charge of a barracks of 250 men going to various 'A' schools. I was sitting in my office one day and one of the other CCs walked in with one of my guys in tow. The other CC had seen the kid - fresh out of boot camp - walking down the sidewalk in broad daylight wearing his tropical whites with six rows of ribbons and the combination cap of a full Commander. I confess to being speechless for a good half a minute.

As it turned out the young man was so completely clueless about uniforms and awards generally - he must have slept through that class in Basic, I'm thinking - he honestly thought he could get away with wearing whatever looked "cool". I'm sure I'll be criticized for my leniency, but I convinced the other CC to let me handle it and the kid performed a lot of extra duty for the next couple of months and wrote a long, detailed report for me on awards and their precedence and correct wearing. He was not a bad kid - just very, very green, and I could not in good conscience let something like that go on his service record so early in his Navy career.
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SGT Ronald Peter
SGT Ronald Peter
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PO1 Jeff Gingerich - I think you were right in the way you handled it. I hope the kid turned out alright.
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PO1 Jeff Gingerich
PO1 Jeff Gingerich
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SGT Ronald Peter - Thanks, Sgt - so do I.
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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Lol, that’s kinda funny actually , wearing a braided cover at 18. Maybe one of his “friends” set him up and he's a bit dim.
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SSG Dennis Reap
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In my day we called them "PX war heroes".
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