scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Hats in buildings
Tammy Strauss (rntammy@YAHOO.COM
Thu Mar 09 2000 - 09:11:45 CST
Hi yall from down in Southwest Florida,
Here comes the fashion police again. There is certain
ettiquette rules regarding hats. Let me see if I can
keep them short.
1. Women wearing a civilain clothes ensemble (ie:
dress/suit with hat) does not remove her hat when
going indoors. Example: Queen Elizabeth's civilian
ensembles, not her royal clothes.
2. Women wearing a uniform (military, police,
medical, boy scout, etc) follow the standard rule of
the governing agency. If the regulation of that
agency states that hats will be removed when
indoors--then just do it. Of course, as another
individual stated color guards have a different rule,
then just follow that one.
3. Women wearing baseball caps to cover "bad hair
days"--either take the hat off in the building or wash
the hair. That would not consitute an ensemble.
My days of being in the military are over, however,
their rules have saved me from many a embarrassing
moments. Their uniform regulations are standard for
both men and women when it comes to the hat. When in
uniform take the hat off upon entering a building.
End of story. They uniform regulations did not
address civilian hats for women.
Also, when it comes to respect for the flag is also a
little different for men and women.
1. When in uniform men nor women remove their hats,
they render a proper salute.
2. When MEN are NOT in uniform they must/should
remove their hat at the first note of the national
anthem or upon seeing the colors. That also goes for
men when visiting a foreign nation. You should follow
3. When WOMEN are NOT in uniform they are not
required to remove their head dress if they are
wearing an ensemble. Again, baseball cap and blue
jeans does not constitue an emsemble.
Now, as far as respect for our national anthem and
national banner that is a whole new ballgame. What I
mean by that is that our school board has determined
that it is not necessary to stand for the national
anthem nor the pledge of allegience at school
functions. They are responding to three high-school
boys (one in JrROTC) stating that it is their personal
freedom of speech not to have to stand for the pledge
of allegience or for the national anthem. Our school
board has agreed with them. So, I guess if you are at
a school function in our county a women would not have
to remove her hat because it would be a violation of
her freedom of speech to ask that of her.
I apologize if I step on anyone's toes. However, that
is the purpose of a uniform--so that we are of one
Thank you for allowing me my freedom of speech.
Cubmaster, Pack 234
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