Posted on Jul 6, 2018
Jason Cervantes
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Hello, I am 14 years old and a modern military and modern weaponry enthusiast, but lately I have been asking myself this question. Is it okay for civilians to wear military acronym patches in public? I tend to wear my hat with patches on it I put on that read something like "FNG" or "SSDD", but lately I have stopped because there is a part of me that deems it somehow disrespectful, and I'd like to hear anyone from here give me their insight on this. Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
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MSgt David Hoffman
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Be a teacher. My suggestion is this: Get a vest from somewhere, a plain one, and sew the patches on it. Learn the history and meaning of each patch, and, whenever you get the chance, tell people about them, what they mean.
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Jason Cervantes
Jason Cervantes
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Thats actually what I like to when my friends ask me what something like FNG means and I tell them the origin of it, so I suppose you're saying it's fine? But not in the context of posing as somone who served, correct?
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MSgt David Hoffman
MSgt David Hoffman
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Jason Cervantes - Correct. Your willingness to both learn about the military and teach others what you've learned earns you a great deal of respect, in my book. Thank you.
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Jason Cervantes
Jason Cervantes
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Thank you sir :) and thank you for your service!
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Sgt Vance Bonds
Sgt Vance Bonds
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Jason Cervantes. Go for it! MSgt David Hoffman has given you as great idea here. Learn the history then wear the vest with pride. You're a young man who seems to be very bright and thoughtful
I wish you all the best
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I would submit that the FNG patch could well be construed as disrespectful, considering what the acronym is for.
Same with FUBAR and BOHICA.
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PO3 Michael James
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Jason Cervantes, Young man.. Well, this is only my opinion.. I have Never objected to any young man RESPECTFULLY wearing Military Patches.. Frankly some of them are really neat !! (old word for cool) If is done with respect, I have NO issues with this.. Military Patches (in the 60's) was influential to me going into the service.. Also these "Patches" Encourage HONOR to those who have died for my freedoms.. HONOR is not to be DISMISSED or FORGOTTEN.. Just do your best to Honor and Respect these patches, and our Military !! Thank you, Respectfully, Mike
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Jason Cervantes
Jason Cervantes
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Thank you for your answer and your service :) When I happen to wear something like a U.S. army patch on my backpack strap I wear it with respect to those who have risked it all and served, because I feel like with me wearing it, I am giving respect and recognition to those who have served in our military
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PO3 Michael James
PO3 Michael James
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Jason Cervantes - Yes, Sir; There are those of us who appreciate the respect/the action you are taking.. Stay positive Follow MSgt Hoffman's suggestion.. Educate yourself.. There is JROTC, College ROTC We always need educated leaders.. Heck for that matter you could become a weapons expert ... Best of Luck to you.. Respectfully, Mike
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