Posted on Nov 27, 2020
LTC Martin Metz
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Military veterans can wear their medals during appropriate times on civilian attire, but many are uncomfortable doing so. It demonstrates pride of service and can possibly assist in bridging the military-civilian divide. Is there reluctance because those who do so might be considered "posers"? Here is an article to stimulate discussion on this topic: https://havokjournal.com/culture/veterans-wont-wear-earned/
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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I'm one of those who only wore them when I had to in the military. Sure I'm proud of them but I retired from that life and see no need to attach them to civilian formal wear, no matter the occasion.
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LTC Christina Moore
LTC Christina Moore
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SSG Gerald King - I came home after graduation from jump school, proud, boots bloused, in an Army Green Uniform with a Burgandy Beret and Full flash. I was then asked by a boy at the K-Mart if I was some kind of girlscout...so, I feel your pain SSG King...I just laughed. My dad jumped in there with a response though...being a WWII vet from the 17th Airborne Division, he responded "son, she is in the Paratroops and she is home from manuevers on furlow".. I had to just crack up. Ya dad, I am home on furlow from manuevers...like, who said that in the 80's?
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SPC Randy Z.
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SSG Gerald King - good share... Sheridan M551 training, 6th ACR, Ft Meade 1968
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PO3 Michael Moran
PO3 Michael Moran
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LTC Christina Moore - Who said that? A very proud Dad, that's who.
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SSG Gerald King
SSG Gerald King
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SPC Randy Z. - I was with the 414th ASA Det attached to the 6th ACR from March of '68 to Oct '68.
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CWO3 Us Marine
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Retirees always wore tuxedos and miniature medals at any such formal occasion that dictated. Some wear hats and other pride in public. Most Veterans can spot a poser really quick. I'm not big on regalia, but respect everyone's service. Sometimes it's just a wink and nod when two pass alongside, but know the face, or stare.
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LTC Christina Moore
LTC Christina Moore
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I Agree! I canspot a poser a mile away! As well as another service member.
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CWO3 Us Marine
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They teach that at knife and fork school.
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CW3 Jim Mannion Jr.
CW3 Jim Mannion Jr.
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CWO3 (Join to see) omg... square meals, thanks for that memory
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MSG Joseph Cristofaro
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I wear a ball cap with one of my old units on it. I don't wear medals or the uniform regardless of the occasion. While it is legal, it feels kind of pretentious to me. As for others who want to wear the uniform or medals, more power to them
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SSG Bob Teachout
SSG Bob Teachout
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PO3 Michael Moran - Well, if you and I meet up - and you tell me you are Navy - then I respond with "OH, I was in the military!" I;m from Syracuse, NY - how soon will you be here!
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PO3 Michael Moran
PO3 Michael Moran
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Probably never. I rarely travel anymore due to health reasons. Had a kid in boot camp from Syracuse. He was the fastest talking person I've ever met. His best buddy was from Muscle Shoals AL. Slowest talking person I've ever met. Their conversations were hilarious.
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SP5 Ronald R Glaeseman
SP5 Ronald R Glaeseman
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Wearing military ribbons on civilian attire is not an American tradition. You will find it in Europe though, in particular France, possibly other countries. I wear an Army or Air Force ball cap with rank insignia. These days, I doubt if anyone knows what they are.
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CPO Dale Dietzman
CPO Dale Dietzman
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CWO3 (Join to see) - Who would know except another Vet? I bought some Red Army medals they were selling when he Red Army Chorus was touring and I went to one of their concerts. Just to have them, lol.
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