Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: BDU's
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 08:38:21 -0600
Pete Gerlach wrote:
-On the matter of adopting BDU's as uniform wear, allow me to
quote the -1997-99
-"Insignia Guide", page 1 - "Excerpts from the Rules and
-X, section 4, clause 4(a):
-"Imitation of United States Army, Navy, or Marine Corps uniforms
-prohibited, in accordance with the provisions of the
-There you go, clear cut, in writing, with the force of the US
Govt. -behind it.
Pete, allow me to apply sound logic:
When a scout is dressed in anything less than a "complete" BSA
approved uniform (all components), is he in fact in uniform?
ie:all the components together make the uniform.
If a soldier is wearing all the components of his uniform issue in
the approved manner, he is infact in uniform.
Here's the key element...
One article missing or substituted from either situation causes
the person to be "out of uniform" and not conforming to approved
This is where the argument stops...
To play devils advocate:
One article of USArmy,USNavy,USMC,USAF or Coast Guard approved
uniform does not automatically constitute imitation. The scout
flat hat could be argued to be a direct imitation of the military
version, just as the beret favored a few years back.
I only refer to this because any argument about imitation of a
military uniform is referenced (IN MY OPINION) in the regulations,
to prohibit approved BSA units from adopting a uniform of their
own that could be CONFUSED with a military one.
Line up two kids, one in a scout uniform w/ BDU pants, the other
in a uniform from St. Johns Military academy. Could you honestly
say the BSA uniform w/ the BDU pants was an imitation of the
Paul Schnettler SM
T-164 Stoughton, WI