Posted on Feb 1, 2016
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"Should prior service Marines that transfer to another branch or join the Guard be allowed to wear an 8 point cover in cammies?"

Good Evening,

The reason I am asking is because I have seen 8 points in Army ACU and Multicam for sale. I have seen pictures of service members (I am assuming in the guard) wearing them. I was not sure if they were legitimate or not.

As a Marine I have great pride having earned that title, however my dream and motivation has always been to be an aviator. Due to personal and family reasons, my best possible option to fly is outside of the Marine Corps. I am currently applying to the Army Warrant Officer Flight Program so I thought it would be prudent to learn the orders on cross-service uniform items.

I was not sure if there were certain things that carried over when an individual has served in more than one branch. I know that certain ribbons carry over. I have seen prior service soldiers graduate Marine Boot Camp with their Army Service ribbons. I have a friend who earned the Parachutist badge in Air Force ROTC in college, but did not finish it out and was able to wear his jump wings in his Marine uniform because it was a Joint badge. I have seen Army soldiers that served with a joint unit of Marines wear a patch that had the Eagle Globe and Anchor on it. I know that is slightly different, but I just wanted to hear it from professionals with more experience than myself.

Thank you all who have answered. Your knowledge and experience is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,
LCpl Noah Cecconi
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GySgt John O'Donnell
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As a retired Marine I can appreciate the motivation and pride in earning the title, but must say it's an unrealistic thought to even consider. There are uniform guidelines and rules for each branch of service that must be respected and followed. The Marine Corps does not allow those who are say "Ranger" or "Pathfinder" qualified wear there devices in a Marine Corps uniform (even if earned as a Marine) per uniform regulations, so the same adherence to our sister service regs must be followed with the same respect. In the end, we are all "defenders of freedom" no matter which uniform we wear. There is no other recognition needed.
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CSM Charles Hayden
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GySgt John O'Donnell When I met a Marine COL @ Camp Pendelton, I was saddened when he displayed his Ranger tab under the flap of his breast pocket!
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GySgt John O'Donnell
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CSM Charles Hayden - I had to do the same thing with my Pathfinder device. But as "Marines" we understand our tradition of being "Gung Ho" (team accomplishments over individual) and respect our uniform regulations while still being able to quietly "represent" our shared effort with sister service brethren.
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If I switch from the Air Force to the Marines, can I bring my per diem and chow halls with me?
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You have no idea how many Marines would thank you.
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You win rallypoint for today.
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Capt Jeff S.
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Bring your ***** "dorms" and brand new furniture with you too.
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Capt Jeff S. - Salty much sir? Ha ha. It never amazes me how each commander gets new furniture for their office even if the other stuff is only 2 years old.
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Nope. I'm not sure of they teach uniformity in the Marines now a days. But if you're in the army you should wear the appropriate army uniform. I have worn a maroon beret in the past. Once I left an airborne unit I stopped wearing it. There is nothing special about being a prior service marine in the army. It goes the same way for a prior service soldier in the Marines. I see this asked over and over again various ways. Your just as special as everyone else. If you want one so bad you can always stay in the Marines. The army shouldn't try to accommodate such situations.
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Capt Jeff S.
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CPO (Join to see) - Agreed. The Navy and Marine Corps wear the 8 point cover; it has a more nautical appearance, a traditional theme that both services share. The Army and Air Force cover doesn't look near as sharp, but it is more functional as it has ear flaps that can be pulled down [and it fits better under a poncho hood or helmet -- so I am told].
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Sgt Rob Felicito
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Ok there LT
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Sgt Rob Felicito Rog. You can carry on.
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As a soldier who as of last week left the army I can verify that no such thing was allowed even for prior service marines guard, reserves, or active duty (I was an active duty medic who worked with many units in the short time I was in and not one said that this was a thing because I had heard the same thing)
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