Seascout-Net Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Uniforming Ribbons
Re: Uniforming Ribbons
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 21:14:27 EDT
I am against it.
We already have a patch system that allows Sea Scouts to show their
attainments on their uniforms and it is uniquely Sea Scout. Ribbons are too
imitative and would give us the appearance of a banana republic navy. I know
of no national Sea Scout organization in the world that uses ribbons. They
all use patches. I do however fully agree that it would be nice if Sea Scout
Ships were uniform in appearance.
I am still very active in the military and feel that though ribbons are good
for the military, they are inappropriate for Sea Scouts. Around here we give
liberty cuff patches for rendezvous, regattas, and other special events. The
maximum you can wear at one time is two, one tucked inside each cuff.
Some of our older Sea Scouts under your system would have six rows of
ribbons. Think about it, that is the number of rows you might see worn by a
well traveled Navy Captain or Master Chief with 25 to 30 years service. I
think people would question our priorities.
Sea Scout Ship 101 Viking
"We sail to the ends of the earth."
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