Coming from Fort Hood, TX, all PT/Reflective belts are worn neon yellow across the board in conjunction with pin on rank. I think this is all great because it shows uniformity and that no one is different than the next person. But here at Fort Wainwright, they have three different reflective belt colors, with different styles; therefor causing a calamity when it comes to being uniform. Blue for officers, Orange for NCOs, and Yellow for SPC and below. We're always speaking about being uniform, but I just think these different color belts are "correction deflectors". Anybody should and can be corrected when the correction is presented with professionalism and tact. You shouldn't have to pull some one of higher rank to the side to give them the gratitude of saving face; although embarrassing the person is not the goal. What do you all think about the lack of uniformity across the Army as far as the APFU? You can also inject the subject of the 'NEW' Black and Gold APFU.
Edited 10 y ago
Posted 10 y ago
I'll go one step further: Rank on the reflective belt is bad. Worse even than different colors for junior enlisted, NCOs, and officers.<br><br>My old BN commander had it right: "Everyone will wear yellow; there will be no rank on the belt. There's a CoC picture wall for you to study so you know whom you have to know. Everyone else will distinguish themselves through PT."<br><br>There's a reason there's no spot for rank on the IPFU: It really doesn't matter for the intended purpose. If you don't know who someone is, you treat them with the deference and respect you want to be treated with. If you do know who someone is, you don't need a subdued pin-on rank on a piece of safety equipment to remind you. If you really have to engage in the "I outrank you" game, whip out and measure your CACs.<br><br>For a short time, I had to wear a reflective vest with "SSG BEUTLER" sown onto the front & back along with a subdued SSG rank on the reflective part. I sarcastically asked for PT shoes that played "Here comes a special boy!" on loop as I ran.
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