Post by COL Champagne on Jan 22, 2008 17:30:00 GMT -5
US Army Reserves, been in just over 6 years, 1 tour in Iraq, currently an E-5, and team CO/Training Officer of the 313th Special Operations Group team in Taylor, MI, which will soon include several members of my real-life platoon.
Post by killbill25 on Sept 22, 2008 20:40:45 GMT -5
This is an old topic I apologize for bringing it up.
I don't mean to be a negative nancy, but does it kinda irk the other members of the armed forces who play airsoft seeing the ABU's/BDU's/ACU's being worn incorrectly. I know the proper uniform upkeep was drilled into my head and how it's a right to wear the uniform.
It does bug me seeing some douche kid trying to by like Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak ridge and wearing the uniform wrong.
Post by COL Champagne on Sept 22, 2008 22:14:58 GMT -5
Well, I do wear my ACUs incorrectly, but only by removing my unit patch, combat patch, rank, and U.S. Army tape, to ensure that I am not representing the Army by being in full uniform. I'm slightly confused, however, as I don't remember Heartbreak Ridge (only saw it once, in the 80's during my early childhood). Would you be referring to the open-blouse look that so many people go for?
13+ years AF. Yes, we are usually the spoiled ones of our sister services but as far as I'm concerned, we are all on the same team and hold all of them in the utmost regard.
As far as wearing the uniform incorrectly...seeing uniforms worn incorrectly in the movies - yes. Seeing them worn incorrectly by service members - yes. Seeing them worn incorrectly by people playing airsoft - I guess that depends. I think it's fine as long as the individual isn't wearing rank, name/service tapes, or unit patches. But if the individual is trying to be joe-cool and make believe that he's an operator, even though he's just a mechanic at the motor pool on drill weekends, then we have a problem. I must admit that it does amuse me to see civilians wearing a BDU top or bottom around the town just for s & g's, though.
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