Re: Military medals (was religious)
don newcomb (newcomb@US1.NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Tue, 24 May 1994 13:14:17 -0500
>Did you know that the youth could also wear National Rifle Association medal
>awards on their Scout uniform?
At one time, receiving an award from the NRA conferred a special "honor"
on the receipient: Priority military induction in time of war. No waiting
in line. (I kid you not!)
>>I've replied to George as well. Here in UK it is permissible and
>>acceptable to wear military medals and Orders with Scout uniform.
>>However, the practice in the British forces is very different to that in
>>USA. Most US servicemen I know have a row of " gongs " whereas in our
>>forces any sort of medal ribbon is a rarity
> <stuff deleted>
This is quite true. I remember a "gig" line here where a US Navy Captain
asked a UK Lt Cdr if he wore his ribbons on the kaki uniform.
The Brit did not have the heart to tell him that they get medals for
something done in combat, not for showing up for work on time or
efficient memo writing and that he had reached the his rank without
receiving a single medal!
>>It is, however, considered " bad form " to try to " pull rank "
>>in any form - whether that is a military rank or Scouting position.
I think one of the neat things about scouting is that you will find
a Rear Admirals and 3rd Class Petty Officers working together as
ASMs in a troop. (My son's troop, for instance).
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