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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:15 PM   #16
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I will admit that I wear woodland camo when hunting but I dont claim to be anything. The camo just works well in MN and I hate paying for Realtree/mossy oak crap when I can pick up a top and bottom in woodland camo for 12.50 at fleet farm.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:27 PM   #17
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Every now and then I renew my American Legion membership. It kind of depends on whether or not the current barmaid is cute.

The local American Legion is sponsored by a bunch of bikers that I used to ride with. Overweight alcoholics tend to attract one another.
Read about some Legion Riders that came across Bruce Springsteen with a broken down bike somewhere in NJ. Took him to their Legion Post for a few beers to wait.

I would have got back on my bike , told him to call his friend Hillary , and left him there!

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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:30 PM   #18
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I will admit that I wear woodland camo when hunting but I dont claim to be anything. The camo just works well in MN and I hate paying for Realtree/mossy oak crap when I can pick up a top and bottom in woodland camo for 12.50 at fleet farm.
That's not the problem. It's people wearing genuine issue badges of rank , wings , SF and SpecOps pins/insignias they didn't earn.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:34 PM   #19
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I take it that the little smiley faces I posted don't show up with your browser. It's called sarcasm, my friend.
Yes they show up just fine, but your words belie the emos.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:39 PM   #20
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Yes they show up just fine, but your words belie the emos.
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MY take is to lose no sleep about it and to find some Marines to hang out with!

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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:43 PM   #21
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Putting a smiley face on the end of an unwarranted remark does not make it OK in my book, but I will lose no sleep over it.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 06:06 PM   #22
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It's been my feeling that nobody should wear military insignias , decorations , medals , badges of rank , etc that they did not earn.
It's always been my understanding that not even veterans who earned them should wear them except under extremely limited circumstances and then only when their dress and grooming meets military standards.

Confession: I do wear a Marine Corps utility cover complete with an EGA. I consider it to be the equivalent of an EGA lapel pin; but I think I'm pressing it nonetheless.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 06:10 PM   #23
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I remember him telling me once when I was quite young the 'Marines' always got the best gear first.
Things must've changed a lot since his time...lol. I ended up buying my own deuce gear because I was tired of getting worn-out, barely serviceable hand-me-downs.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 06:18 PM   #24
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.. I remember him telling me once when I was quite young the 'Marines' always got the best gear first.

Hmmm , I always thought they got obsolete Army hand-me-downs or whatever the Navy could get the best price on.

Army got new Krags . Marines got their old Trapdoors.
Army got new '03 Springfields , Marines got their old Krags and Navy 6mm Lee's.
Army got new Garands , Marines got the old '03 Springfields.
Army got M-16s first , Marines still got the old M-14s.
Navy got new F-14 Tomcats , Marines got their old F-4 Phantoms.
Navy gets new E/A-18G Growlers , Marines get the old E/A-6B Prowlers

And the beat goes on.

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Hmmm , I always thought they got obsolete Army hand-me-downs or whatever the Navy could get the best price on.

Army got new Krags . Marines got their old Trapdoors.
Army got new '03 Springfields , Marines got their old Krags and Navy 6mm Lee's.
Army got new Garands , Marines got the old '03 Springfields.
Army got M-16s first , Marines still got the old M-14s.
Navy got new F-14 Tomcats , Marines got their old F-4 Phantoms.
I heard Marine Air retired their last radial engine bi-plane this year.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 06:31 PM   #26
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Talking My take..........................

I don't see how anyone could wear insignia, rank, unit patches etc. if they did not earn them.

On the other hand I have always worn and will always wear an OD green boonie when I shoot HP or just practice, hunt or whatever.
No insignia required, no advertisments just a good ole shootin hat, keeps the sun out of my eyes and wipes the sweat from my face.



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Old December 27th, 2016, 06:33 PM   #27
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Hmmm , I always thought they got obsolete Army hand-me-downs or whatever the Navy could get the best price on.

Army got new Krags . Marines got their old Trapdoors.
Army got new '03 Springfields , Marines got their old Krags and Navy 6mm Lee's.
Army got new Garands , Marines got the old '03 Springfields.
Army got M-16s first , Marines still got the old M-14s.
Navy got new F-14 Tomcats , Marines got their old F-4 Phantoms.
Navy gets new E/A-18G Growlers , Marines get the old E/A-6B Prowlers

And the beat goes on.
Might have been his recollection on the front line there in Korea M14E2. Don't ask me what he thinks about white rice!

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Old December 27th, 2016, 06:39 PM   #28
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Gentlemen, I see no problem with folks wearing uniform items as long as they do not display unearned rank insignia or awards. Just my two cents worth. Rick

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Old December 27th, 2016, 06:53 PM   #29
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I give civilians a pass when it comes to military protocol, simply because they lack the character to know better. I don't expect them to understand things like courage, honor or self-sacrifice, and have yet to be disappointed by their behavior.

I don't disparage anyone for having not served in the military, but I do think that 2 years of mandatory service would benefit the country as a whole. Especially when it comes to marksmanship.
The first sentence is a highly inflammatory remark with or without a stupid emo. Totally uncalled for. " don't expect (civilians) to understand things like courage, honor or self-sacrifice"? Then a little emo is supposed to make that OK? That's baloney. Thought we were supposed to be civil around here.

I posted this just now in response to another post defending more or less the post in question. Said post appears to be gone, otherwise I was done with this. Not trying to beat the horse.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 07:35 PM   #30
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I compare the wearing of military garb (excepting medals for valor) to the popularity of NYFD and NYPD hats after 9/11. I think most who bought those hats did it as a show of support and solidarity not to somehow get a rush pretending to be a fire or policeman.

Brave men died in jungles and frozen wastelands holding M14s, Garands and M16s. Isn't it a bit out of the same respect to those soldiers that we shoot those weapons.

It seems to me a boonie hat, field jacket or bit of cammo is the same thing.

In making this comment I'm not talking about posers. That's a whole different and dispicable issue.


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