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I might be the odd man out, But my $0.02 is that the Military should only use BDU/ACU/Camouflage uniforms if the work is "dirty". For example, service personnel going to an office to sit behind a desk should be wearing Class A, B's ect Not BDU/ACU/Camouflage. If you are at a Division or going to the "Field" Yes wear BDU/ACU/Camouflage. Not Going Off post, Soldiers need to limit their time in and around civilians in BDU/ACU/Camouflage and Dress ASU's, Class B ect Uniforms. Why should someone in ACUs be walking around in the Mall? At a Restaurant fine, Grocery Store OK, but Hanging out at the Mall NO.
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CPO Michael Hatten
CPO Michael Hatten
1 mo
Reminds me of back in the day. In the Navy, we had a working uniform called dungarees. It consisted of denim bell bottoms and a blue chambray shirt. We worked on board ship and in most shore based jobs in that uniform. But we were usually not allowed to wear it off base so we had to change in civvies or a dress uniform to leave the base. It was a pain in the butt not to be able to drive home at the end of the day without changing clothes.
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SSgt Boyd Herrst
SSgt Boyd Herrst
1 mo
Concur..
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SSgt Boyd Herrst
SSgt Boyd Herrst
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I was on my way over to Fort Monroe from Langley to teach a class on field ranges and immersion heaters . I rode my bike over...
stopped at a 7/11 and used their RR.
That’s all I needed.. got in there and there was a SSGT just exited and i’m Going past him and he stops me.. don’t have time Sarge let me take care of some business
First.., I barely made it... I come outta there and be waited... I told you to stop !... you can’t be.. I cut him off... I small I wanted was to use the RR... i’d Get a candy bar on the way out to say thx for the use...
And he got back on my case again... I don’t have time, I got a class to teach ! Got on my bike and got there with 10 minutes to spare... if he had not got on my case, I’d of got there with 20 minutes to spare.. when I got there
That same ARMY SSGT. Was in the group I was teaching and he got there 10 minutes after I did... hmm... must of got lost... I thought about it but didn’t ask any trick questions... After, he thanked me for not getting even... even for what Sarge..? Different sit-rep.. you were just ..pushing AR.. We got same kinda Reg in the AF.. My sit-Rep was a kind of emergency..
You didn’t know that at first.. No worries, Sarge !...
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SSgt Boyd Herrst
SSgt Boyd Herrst
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SGT Eric Knutson when I returned home after my 2d tour (Nam 1st time, Thailand: 2d). I had got the new AF Summer blue shirt and Trousers and a new garrison cover that matched the new trousers . I got the Stripes changed on the khaki 1505 shirt
and wore them. I pulled off wearing my BDU’s to the Philippines..and I had a two day wait following after I got there...
I see my flight on the board got moved closer by 2 hours, so I got changed . I seen they had a extra bag looped over the handle of the trash can.. I got that and rolled them bdu’s In the bag and into carryon Flight bag.. I wore my khakis with them new Staff Chevrons home... Got to Travis, made it through there... made it on the plane going Chicago then Detroit.. We made an emergency landing at St. Louis .. Some woman must of been having a heart attack or an angina attack. They put the Chitown pacs on another plane and we went on to Detroit.. We only lost 30 minutes at St. Louis ... Chicago would of been 1-1/2 hrs. Layover.. I had no grief until I got to Detroit... Armed forces Police was looking for Awols.. The AF SSGT. Got on me about the new blue uniform.. “You should of had them already SSGT. Herrst”. I will when I get back to Travis, that’s where I’ll be stationed.. I’ll be driving there... so he bid me to have good leave and don’t get in trouble.... wekll that didn’f Go so bad... I made my call and waited
On my ride...
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This question has been around before. The big question is what is the rationale for such a directive Security - or - Perception?

Generally when a a known threat has been established, servicemembers will be told do not go off base/post in uniform. Although let's be realistic here. Our haircuts, swagger, tattoos, and attitude all scream I"M IN THE FREAKIN MILITARY!!!! Also, have you checked out your car? What's on your license plate, sticker on the rear window, or all the PT gear in the back seat. The bad guys can find you. You really do stick out in lower Alabama with those California License Plates and Air Assault sticker.

Now if it's because our ACUs don't present a neat and polished appearance; well who told us we can't starch them and took away the black boots which required polish? (DoD) I've seen service members look like a bag of rags in mess dress uniforms and others look sharp after 10 days in the field wearing the same BDUs. Some people just don't ever look as sharp as the next guy.
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SFC S3 Operations Ncoic
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So instead, they should only see service members walking around in the same uniform of the Soldiers/Marines/Sailors/Airmen who notified them that their loved one has died. Gonna need a better reason LCpl
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SGT Floyd Shown
SGT Floyd Shown
11 mo
We still had BDU’s when I was in. My uniform was always starched and pressed and presented a professional appearance. Even when we went to the field, I had nicely pressed uniforms. To say that I must go home and change into a different uniform or civvies and can not stop at a restaurant to eat because my uniform is camouflaged instead of a pencil pushers solid green, is to engage in class discrimination.
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SSG John Eroh
SSG John Eroh
11 mo
When BDUs first came out in the 80's we were told not to starch or iron them as anti-personnel radar would then reflect off of them. A couple of guys that did anyway got Article 15s. But we still had the black boots which would. That was the same reason why they went to the new boots. Those shinny black boots really looked good but they sure do stick out like a sore thumb. When I was in (66-86), we were only supposed to wear fatigues and then BDUs off post for a quick lunch or to and from our off post housing. We could stop at the grocery store on our way home but other than that it was Class A, khaki or civilian clothes. I now live several hours from the nearest military facility (other than NG/Reserve) and I see them worn when the patch indicates they are not NG/Reserves but home on leave. If they want to wear their uniform they should be in their Class A/B. I can see flying in cameos as it was a pain traveling in class As. The bag straps were always catching on my crests & ribbons as well as getting then dirty & wrinkled on longer trips like from Germany to Los Angeles. And yes, admin troops should wear Class A/Bs. MPs wore bloused Class As unless in the field.
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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SGT Courtney Smith - Not to mention the COST lol
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MSgt Marshall Schiller
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Absolutely. Camouflaged uniforms are for field use, not to represent your service affiliation out in the ville!
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CPL M Miller
CPL M Miller
6 mo
Sgt Charles Welling - I'll call BS to yours. NO I did not stop while in Battle dress, it was battle dress.
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Sgt Charles Welling
Sgt Charles Welling
6 mo
CPL M Miller - Wish In could follow your post, can't follow the logic. It is counterproductive and simply illogical to require military personnel to change uniforms before they exit a base to go home or run an errand or go to lunch etc. The Marine's policy allows the wearing of utilities out in town under certain circumstances. So, as the policy exists already and I merely pointed that out in my post, you must be the BS agent.
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CPL M Miller
CPL M Miller
6 mo
I did not say that. I wore my BDU's home, and back to work, But I NEVER stopped for gas as you say ( Gas was always cheaper on Post. ) as for errands... NO I never did. If I had personal business I took care of it in civilian attire. I would in fact go home shower and change prior to conducting any of my personal business, less I could do so ON post, on the way home.
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MSgt Gary Miller
MSgt Gary Miller
3 mo
I don't see that it really matters what uniform you wear or where you wear it as long as it's worn properly. I always thought it was silly to be so picky about where and where not on could wear their uniform.
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