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Old December 27th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #1
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Angry Non-vets wearing military bling?

It's been my feeling that nobody should wear military insignias , decorations , medals , badges of rank , etc that they did not earn.

I've been seeing some members of certain motorcycle riding groups who never served wear them saying ''it's my Dad's/son's/relatives. I wear it to honor them''.

Then IMO , you should get a patch made that says "In honor of Sgt. Daddy"!

My Dad was a Staff Sgt during WWII. Lots of medals. He's gone. I have them now. I don't wear them.

I wear my own Navy PO2 'crow' , Aircrew wings , AO insignia , station/squadron patches , etc. I earned them.

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I get a guilty concision just wearing a real USMC boonie hat when I shoot in Hi power. I wouldn't dare ware a badge or anything I didn't earn.

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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.

I've been seeing some members of certain motorcycle riding groups who never served wear them saying ''it's my Dad's/son's/relatives. I wear it to honor them''.

Then IMO , you should get a patch made that says "In honor of Sgt. Daddy"!

My Dad was a Staff Sgt during WWII. Lots of medals. He's gone. I have them now. I don't wear them.

I wear my own Navy PO2 'crow' , Aircrew wings , AO insignia , station/squadron patches , etc. I earned them.

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I agree M14E2. I did not serve but my father did in Korea and he has some ribbons I saw on his old dress uniform he left here when he retired and moved to Oregon which I sent to him...

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I get a guilty concision just wearing a real USMC boonie hat when I shoot in Hi power. I wouldn't dare ware a badge or anything I didn't earn.
Shooter! I have been wearing a USMC 'cover' for many years now... It was forced upon me by a USMC recruiter I met and became friends with way back in jr college that he attended while he was stationed at 29 Palms... He brought me one from the PX and took my old "Chevy" cap off me and told me I had to wear that from then on...

I have no qualms... He was one of the best men I ever knew and his wife made great chocolate chip cookies!

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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.

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Shooter! I have been wearing a USMC 'cover' for many years now... It was forced upon me by a USMC recruiter I met and became friends with way back in jr college that he attended while he was stationed at 29 Palms... He brought me one from the PX and took my old "Chevy" cap off me and told me I had to wear that from then on...

I have no qualms... He was one of the best men I ever knew and his wife made great chocolate chip cookies!

Does it have an EGA on it?

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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.
Yeah , but the group I'm referring to is the Am Legion Riders , who allows Sons of Legionnaires , who should know better.

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I agree with the OP +1
My take on uniforms and cover is once the insignia rank and such are removed they are simply clothing
I feel the reinactors and such can wear period correct uniforms but they must be worn correctly with the shirts tucked in trousers bloused compliant to dress code
Rank insignia and medals should not be worn unless earned personally

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Yeah , but the group I'm referring to is the Am Legion Riders , who allows Sons of Legionnaires , who should know better.
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.

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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.
I think you are painting with a very broad brush there my friend. I did not serve but I don't feel its fair to disparage civilians for not having served. If you do you are disparaging a very large part of the population as most people have never served in the military. I have the utmost respect for those that did serve, but its not fair to say that those who didn't lack character to know better. That's just unfair.

And furthermore not every member of this forum served.... just sayin.

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Does it have an EGA on it?

Yes

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I think you are painting with a very broad brush there my friend. I did not serve but I don't feel its fair to disparage civilians for not having served. If you do you are disparaging a very large part of the population as most people have never served in the military. I have the utmost respect for those that did serve, but its not fair to say that those who didn't lack character to know better. That's just unfair.

And furthermore not every member of this forum served.... just sayin.
I take it that the little smiley faces I posted don't show up with your browser. It's called sarcasm, my friend.

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I think you are painting with a very broad brush there my friend. I did not serve but I don't feel its fair to disparage civilians for not having served. If you do you are disparaging a very large part of the population as most people have never served in the military. I have the utmost respect for those that did serve, but its not fair to say that those who didn't lack character to know better. That's just unfair.

And furthermore not every member of this forum served.... just sayin.
What he said, and I served in combat, if that counts.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:07 PM   #14
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I was raised a bit 'military' I think by MY dad and all his friends back then... He was a draftee from E LA; was doing occupation duty in Japan (US Army) when the Chinese attacked and he was shipped over as a 'combat soldier' to help hold the line... He never talked about it much but I worked for him growing up on a citrus ranch and he loved to tell me: 'report, report..." He came out an E6 in one tour... I remember him telling me once when I was quite young the 'Marines' always got the best gear first.

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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.
Didn't come across that way. I just learned that the internet is a flawed media!!!! (put smiley face here?)

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