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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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SPC Geana Schnepp
SPC Geana Schnepp
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CPL M Miller - Ok, good point on my choice of words for that part of my comment.
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PO1 William Van Syckle
PO1 William Van Syckle
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CPT Carlos Santillan - I agree to disagree with you. There is a time and place for the different uniforms. It appears you are one of the ones I was talking about that is not proud of his uniform. So sad.....
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SFC Dean Lawrence
SFC Dean Lawrence
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That's how it used to be. Same with Recruiters. They were always in B's or A's
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Sgt Mike Markus
Sgt Mike Markus
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The Navy, Marine Corps (my experience) and I believe Air Force (?) have all banned wearing camouflage utilities in the civilian sector. I support the marketing benefits of wearing our uniforms in public but would prefer to see the appropriate dress version for your branch of service. It ALWAYS jumps out at me.
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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
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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
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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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Sgt John K Rupp Jr
Sgt John K Rupp Jr
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Whats the big deal, who cares if you wear uniforms off base, I'm glad to see our military people are humans like the rest of us. A Vietnam Vet, New Jersey Air National Guard, Atlantic City, NJ. Phu Cat Air Force Base 1968-69.
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CPL M Miller
CPL M Miller
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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
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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
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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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