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How many of you have run into a regulation or unspoken rule that just doesn't seem to die? For me, I have run into multiple reports throughout the years at multiple commands stating there's a regulation in the Navy regarding if you survive the sinking of your ship, you are allowed to wear a gold (hoop?) earring in one of your ears (left or right, can't remember). Story goes that it was never taken out of the regulations so it's still applicable...

How many of these urban myth-like regulations have you ran into throughout the years and what were they?

Anyone willing to point me in the right direction for the one stated above?
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Maj Kevin "Mac" McLaughlin
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Wearing a reflective belt in a combat zone.
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MAJ Terry LaFrance
MAJ Terry LaFrance
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It was a requirement on the VBC when I was there in '08
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MAJ Terry LaFrance
MAJ Terry LaFrance
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SPC Andrew Murray - are there stats or reports on that? The Army Safety Center would have that data.
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CWO4 Rick Jones
CWO4 Rick Jones
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That's the most ridiculous I've ever heard
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MSgt Sr. Emergency Actions/Management Controller
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The army wearing reflective belts in the middle of the day period.. you know, I just wouldn't see y'all without it..
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SSG Automated Logistical Specialist
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The one that grinds my gears is the "no hands in the pockets" rule in AR 670-1...because it looks "unprofessional?!?" Accorinding to who? Please. Most officers, both warrant and commissioned, are typically the worst offenders of this rule but yet, they are normally the face of an organization. It's an irrelevant, ridiculous and pointless rule that nobody likes but will never go away.
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CPT Canon To The Ordinary
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SSG (Join to see) - It prevents the uniform from presenting a "uniform" appearance. For one it pushes the elbows out and creates unsightly bulges below the belt line. It makes the wearer of the uniform look sloppy as if his appearance is of little concern. Does this make sense?
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SSG Automated Logistical Specialist
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CPT (Join to see) make sense? Meh...I understand and appreciate your point much better with the explanation...which that is what I was wanting to better understand the point or view you had. However I disagree with how it makes a Soldier look. The elbows protruding give a larger and thus more imposing stance. It gives an air of confidence. The straight lines and hands to the side give the feeling of one with a corn cob up ones backside. That of a robot without the ability to think on his or her own. That’s just me though and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts sir!
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SFC Don Lawrence
SFC Don Lawrence
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Many years ago I read an article about this. I believe in the Stars and Strips but maybe Army Times. It seems the reason for it is if a Soldier's hands are in his/her pocket you cannot tell if they have a weapon. The article stated there was a disliked commander that got killed by an enlisted back in the late 1800's. The Soldier was able to approach quite close consealing the handgun in his pocket. When he got in range he pulled his hand out with the hand gun and fired upon the officer. Shortly after that the regulation was changed to what is now, no hands in pockets. Wasn't because it was unprofessional it was to protect officers.
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MSG Gus Garcia
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There are SM out there they still look sloppy any way....hands 0n or not in their pockets
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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No Personal Electronic Devices in the gym in PT uniform.....it doesn't make sense that I am in a controlled environment and improving myself by hitting the rowing machine before PRT, but I cant crank some tunes from my ipod....WHAT!
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COL Health Services Plans, Ops, Intelligence, Security,Training
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LTC Ben Chlapek - I didn't say I agree with the regulation, just the basis for the regulation. I recommend not listening to music with earbuds, while running, walking or jogging in public because of personal safety and situational awareness, especially at night. Those are not as elevated in a military gym. More importantly, of all the dangers we face in the uniform, ear buds don't rate very high.
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PO3 B Al Eisen
PO3 B Al Eisen
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COL (Join to see) - Get a set of bone conducting ear sets. I built my own set at 15. Now sets are available on the open market.
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SSG Charles Prussia
SSG Charles Prussia
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Seriously are you CSM
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CPT Brad Wilson
CPT Brad Wilson
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I broke that one every day in Iraq I did the treadmill and lifted listening to my iPod
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