Re: Award knots and the medals they represent
Russ Jones (CSRTJ@TTUHSC.EDU)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 00:44:27 -0600
At 12:09 AM 2/25/97 -0500, Bruce Cobern wrote:
>However, as you note, it does say "generally" which clearly indicates that
>there are or could be exceptions. I would contend that since adults are
only >supposed to wear the actual medals at "formal" occasions, which tend
to be few >and far between, it would be perfectly acceptable to wear the
medals on these >occasions, even if you are also wearing the square knot. I
have always felt >that one way to deal with this was, like someone else
suggested, to pin the >medal over the knot.
Except that the Guide (p. 44) specifically states that the medals, when
worn, are to be "pinned...immediately above the seam of the left pocket,"
not over the knot.
While the wording would seem to imply that there are or could be exceptions,
there do not, in fact, seem to be any stated exceptions which would
corroborate such an implication.
Since there is never any occasion where adults are "supposed" (i.e.,
required) to wear the actual medals (wearing them on formal occasions being
merely a permissible option), I would contend that it is poor form to wear
both the medals and the knots at any time, and especially on such formal
occasions when one should perhaps be more conscientious than usual about
wearing the uniform correctly.
The fact that this is not the military is of no consequence. The role of a
Scouter in helping to prepare the future leaders of a nation is no less
important than the role of a soldier in defending it, and I am no less proud
to wear my Scouter's uniform than I was to wear the uniform of an officer in
the United States Air Force, at a time when it was decidedly unpopular to do
so. Wearing the uniform correctly is, in either endeavor, a reflection of
one's commitment to an ideal, IMO.
Yours in Scouting,
Russ Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Scoutmaster, Troop 575 & National Jamboree Troop 1636
South Plains Council, Lubbock, Texas
Eagle Scout, class of 1965
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