Re: Exploring the National Guard
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Mon, 26 May 1997 18:21:18 -0500
Mark Arend asked about whether or not Explorers/older Scouts can
wear uniforms from the Civil War or Revolutionary War era.
Here's what the BSA's Rules and Regulations has to say about the
uniforms; personally, I don't have a problem with it and most people don't
either....but there's ALWAYS SOMEONE out there that will say something!
>From the BSA Rules and Regulations, Article X, Section 4, Clause 4:
"(b) Imitation of United States Army, Navy or Marine Corps uniforms is
prohibited, in accordance with the provisions of Act of Congress,
approved June 3, 1916".
(don't say anything about Air Force stuff, though......*heheheeee* (the
Air Force was a part of the Army at the time that clause was written, so
don't get any big ideas!))
One of the things I *don't* have here are the Congressional Records, so I
am not sure what "act of Congress" they are referring to in this. My best
guess is that Congress passed a law stating that only military people and
those retired from the military are permitted to have, hold and wear official
military uniforms and insignia and accessories to it. I guess the BSA, in
their actions as a "organization which chose not to be a military training
vehicle", decided that they did not want Scouts and Scouters running
around in military dress uniforms. It didn't stop Scouts and Scouters
even today from wearing military garb.
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