Re: Jewelry in Uniform
rodney w. bidinger (rwbidin@ALW.NIH.GOV)
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 13:58:46 -0400
After reading the many threads on this issue, I had to reply.
I am 41 years old, retired from 20 years of service in the Air Force,
have been a scout or scouter for over 27 years.
My left ear is pierced and I have 6 tattooes on my arms. I also wear a
If anyone were to tell me I could not wear my earring in a scout uniform
I would politely let them know that there is NOTHING and I repeat
NOTHING in any publication relating to uniforming that prohibits such
apparel. We are living in the 90's soon to be 21st century. Stop
living in the 1800's. Earring are more of the norm to the youth of
today. Personally, who cares what someone looks like. I care about
what is inside of the person. As the "OLD" saying goes. Beauty is only
I live by the Scout Oath and Laws and no matter what I look like will
change that. If someone doen't like the way I look, they can look
Two of my sons have earrings. If any unit were to say they couldn't
wear them. I would either move to another unit or that particular unit
would be hearing from a lawyer. Because it is a violation of anyone
right to expression. Just the same way as the Supreme Court ruled on
the case of flag burning. (Of which I strongly disagree but that is
what I have to live with).
Enough steam let off.
Rod Bidinger, USAF Ret.
Cubmaster, Pack 1111
Baltimore Area Council (BAC)
Eagle Scout Class 1969
Detroit Area Council
Cub Scout District Training Staff, BAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City