Posted on May 26, 2015
COL Jon Thompson
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Yesterday at Memorial Day parade, I saw the State representative marching in the parade wearing her Marine uniform. She is no longer serving and she was announced as the state representative. While this was not a political event, I wondered about the appropriateness of wearing the uniform when you are not retired and somewhat representing your political office.
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Capt Seid Waddell
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Good question. I am rather comforted to see military veterans serving in government; I wish we had more of them.

But if the retired can wear the uniform in public I am not clear why elected representatives cannot - while it is clear that they are no longer serving and they do not speak for the military, they do speak for those they represent.
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Capt Seid Waddell
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Agreed.
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PFC Anthony Bruce
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My one issue is by wearing the uniform while representing the current position they hold could cause people to think the military is supporting them.
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1LT William Clardy
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I don't know about the Marines, but she would be perfectly fine by Army standards.

For what it's worth, here's what AR 670-1 has to say:
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23–4. Former members of the Army

a. Unless qualified under another provision of this regulation, or under the provisions of 10 USC 772, former members of the Army may only wear the uniform if they served honorably during a declared or undeclared war, and if their most recent service was terminated under honorable conditions. Personnel who qualify under these conditions will wear the Army uniform in the highest grade they held during such war service, in accordance with 10 USC 772.

b. When authorized, the uniform may be worn only for the following ceremonial occasions and when traveling to and from the event and must follow guidance included in paragraph 3–7c.

(1) When attending military funerals, memorial services, weddings, inaugurals, and other occasions of ceremony.

(2) When attending parades on national or State holidays, or other patriotic parades or ceremonies in which any active or reserve U.S. military unit is taking part. Uniforms for these occasions are restricted to service and dress uniforms; the combat uniform and physical fitness uniforms will not be worn. Wearing the Army uniform at any other time, or for any other purpose than stated above, is prohibited.
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Sir, I believe its a bit of both. I respect that she wanted to show her affiliation with the Marine Corps and show pride for her service, but I also believe that once your out of service your uniform should stay out of service unless you received a full retirement, and wear it only in certain circumstances. Its a Military Holiday yes, but it's a day to memorialize those we have lost not those who have served...that day is in November. Would I have said anything to her personally, probably not, but do I wish she showed her military affiliation in another way YES.

On another note, I do think we need more Veterans in Local, State, and National offices to help "tighten the shot group" of the policies that we all fall under, so for that I say good on her!!
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1LT William Clardy
1LT William Clardy
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SSG(P) (Join to see), the AR clearly authorizes "former members of the Army" who served honorably and were discharged honorably -- there is no requirement for being in the Retired Reserve.
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1LT William Clardy , the issue isn't the status of separation, though I did mention it, the issue was the wear of the Battle Uniform. This was about a female Marine not a Soldier, so the AR is irrelevant in this argument, but I'm sure that under MCO P1020.34G (the Marine Corps Uniform Regulation) there is mention of the Dress Uniform and not the Battle Uniform.
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1LT William Clardy
1LT William Clardy
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Sorry, SSG(P) (Join to see), I was keying off the ALL-CAPS points as the ones you were emphasizing most, hence my attempt to correct your misperception that only retirees are authorized to wear the uniform after leaving active duty.

I totally missed your comment about her wearing a combat uniform -- although our thoughts were running parallel in that regard as I tried to emphasize that restriction in the Army reg.
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No worries 1LT William Clardy , I have tried and tried to pull up the Marine Reg (MCO P1020.34G), but I'm having a hard time getting it to come up. I can only assume its close to the Army reg..
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