Posted on Jan 16, 2016
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Today marks my 3rd year of being enlisted in the USAR and I believe I am now authorized to wear a service stripe, however during my enlistment I enrolled in ROTC and became a contracted Cadet. When I commission will I be authorized to continue to wear my service stripe as an officer from when I was enlisted?
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CPT Alpha Company Company Commander
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You are not authorized to wear service stripes as an officer, however you are authorized to wear your overseas service stripes. I had to forfeit my two service stripes upon commissioning also.
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CPT Alpha Company Company Commander
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Overseas Service Bars*
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CW3 Harvey Keck
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I never could reconcile the acceptance of the one (Overseas Service Bars) and rejection of the other ("hashmarks"). I'm sure there must be an interesting rationalization of those regs.
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You may wear a service stripe on your enlisted uniform. When I was a cadet, I actually had two sets of uniforms. As for your cadet uniform, check with your professor of military science. Since cadets are not yet officers, it may be authorized. When you get commissioned however, the service stripe goes to your "I love me collection" and not on the uniform. Enjoy your career!
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MAJ Command Inspector General
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Officers do wear service ribbons (i.e. the Army Service Ribbon, which you should already have due to graduation from BCT/AIT). We do not, however, wear Service Stripes. Aside from the Branch specific piping just up from the sleeve cuff, they only thing we wear on the sleeves of the ASU is Overseas Service Bars.
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