Posted on Mar 29, 2014
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I am sure every branch of service governs how they want their personnel appearing in civilian attire.
Do you always wear proper civilian attire? On base? Off base?

For us Marines there is a civilian attire you must abide by on or off duty which include things like...
Belt loops must have a belt through it.
Shoe laces must be tied.
No plain white T-Shirts or undershirts as outerwear.
No PT gear or related clothing as casual wear.
If you have a face it must be shaved.

I remember as a boot there were a few times where we were told to change over into civilian attire prior to liberty and had inspections to ensure we were in proper attire. Not abiding by the Corps and/or base regulations will have you chewed up at a minimum by a salty Lance Corporal (pictured).

Fashion and the Marine Corps don’t typically mix, at least not when you’re considering what many SNCO’s define as “proper civilian attire”.
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SSG V. Michelle Woods
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Me personally, if I won't wear it in front of Jesus, I won't wear it in public.
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SSG Robin Rushlo
SSG Robin Rushlo
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Amen to that
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SFC Benjamin H.
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I believe "Proper" is in the eye of the beholder. I tend to look like a biker, a country boy, a golfer, an athlete, etc. based on the activity I am conducting. I also support OPSEC and believe my family and I are safer if I do not present a "Soldierly" appearance while off duty. I do have my pet peeves about how some choose to dress though, i.e. Pants hanging off the butt and sometimes below... If you want to be a gang banger or inmate, time to change your employer.
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PO2 Work Center Supervisor (Wcs)
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Always depends where I am going, if I know i am going around some type of military area I wear proper atire. Anywhere else i just where w/e when i am off duty. But in my off duty time i still fall in "proper attire" section.
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CPT Pedro Meza
CPT Pedro Meza
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Kyle, I spent two years (1988/1989) working California prisons and saw how it got started, usually it was the young wannabee criminals that were taught who was in charge and had to dress according to their station.
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CPT Pedro Meza
CPT Pedro Meza
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Benjamin, "my wearing leather jackets, chaps, and boots when riding, prior to Enlisting,"
you just described the singer from the Village People.
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CPL Joseph Elinger
CPL Joseph Elinger
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Our overseas opsec briefing was well made.
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Maj Chris Nelson
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I tend to wear whatever I want.... seldom go on base and even more rare is running into anyone that I know off base (I live off base).  I dress for my occasion...biking, hiking, shooting, grocery shopping, just got out of bed and kept the fleece pants on/added t-shirt/flip-flops....all is good!  If I am wearing civies for a military function, it is appropriate for the festivities.  otherwise, I wear the uniform as correctly as I can.  down time is my time until requested to come in.
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MGySgt Tommy Martinez
MGySgt Tommy Martinez
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I think that is what separates Marines from the other branches, you are a Marine 24/7.
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SPC James Jackson
SPC James Jackson
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As a Major you have that discretion unfortunately those that are lower ranking do not...
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