Re: MEDALS AND KNOTS
Fri, 27 May 1994 11:05:30 EDT
Folks, I think that we have been quite successful in the quarterly beating of
this good horse (you are welcome to send your "amens" thru private e-mail),
but I want to say that it's fun to dredge up everey now & then. There were a
lot of good questions, some heavy insignia history lessons, accompanied by
lots of "boring" research :)
Bruce, I think you and I both got something from each other on this
discussion, and I hope that we were able to teach those Scouters who WERE
interested in the subject something they did not already know. For me, the
BSA ribbon bars were a bit of esoterica that I had NO info. Thousand Thanks.
Further research may indicate that the ribbon bars were replaced by knots
following WWII specifically because of a strict enforcement by Congress on
wearing of military or imitative insignia, as well as a BSA decision to
reduce confusion between same (purely speculative, no factual leg to stand on
- will leave the research to someone with better resources).
Now, for the question of wearing Law Enforcement Explorer ribbon bars on the
uniform: I think that they are for wear on whatever uniform the Post adopts,
but not the Official Boy Scout uniform. Seems I recall something in the
current Insignia Control Guide on that item (at the office again, not near my
resources). Will welcome any correction if I'm wrong.
For our Scouter friends outside the States: pardon us for our "perverse"
fascination with uniforming. Seems like this is a subject of emotional
discussion and groans from the lurkers second only to camporee scoring and
long closings :) However, I think it is better to discuss this sort of thing
in an open forum where courtesy is practiced, rather than in some flame-fest
(I will limit my closing to first in a while)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City