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
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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MAJ Ronald Mandell
MAJ Ronald Mandell
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And once commissioned, don’t ever give it up! If you leave active duty for any go into the reserves, even if the IRR, then make enough service points each year to keep your commission.
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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 Ronald Mandell
MAJ Ronald Mandell
4 mo
Hears a good question: I served as a drilling reservist on the island of Saipan for 15 years. Saipan is a US territory, but it is overseas. .. can I wear overseas stripes for this years?
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SSG Instructor/Writer
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It’s not any overseas station Sir. It’s more for OIF and OEF tours and a few others depending on certain tomes. MAJ Ronald Mandell
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CW2 Bruce Rodewald
CW2 Bruce Rodewald
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MAJ Ronald Mandell - we called those combat zone stripes, 1 each for 6 months....RVN
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LTC James McElreath
LTC James McElreath
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You are an EM until graduation, and until you get your commission. If you fail to be commissioned you would revert back to an email and big Army will want their ROTC money paid back. This may be AD USAR. They will let you know how you pay it back. My class had one placed on AD and I do believe retire 20 yes later.
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LTC Tradoc Capability Manager Abct/Recon
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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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