Seascout-Net Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: MILITARY RIBBONS ON SCOUT UNIFORMS
Re: MILITARY RIBBONS ON SCOUT UNIFORMS
Fri, 11 Jun 1999 19:41:15 -0400
While military members have earned the military awards that are
designated by the ribbons they wear on their military uniforms, it must
be remembered that the Sea Scouts is NOT a military organization. BSA
policy is very clear on this issue. Decades ago, it was acceptable
according to BSA uniforming policy to wear a row of the three highest
military ribbons earned. That was removed, and does not now exist.
If you want to wear military ribbons on the uniform, join the Sea
Cadets, or VFW, or the American Legion, or....
There are good reasons to make a clear distinction between the military
and the Boy Scouts. One is to minimize the chance they will be targets
for a terrorist attack when visiting a foreign country. Another is that
many remember such organizations from the second world war. The
Scouting movement represents an attempt at peaceful interaction between
different peoples. The military does not.
The Sea Scouts is not such a different organization from the rest of the
Boy Scouts of America that we desire to violate this rule. I strongly
suggest any who believe otherwise to restudy the materials provided by
BSA, i.e. uniforming guide, the principals upon which the program is
founded, the reasoning for uniforms, etc.
> 11 JUNE 1999
> A lot of issues with uniforms seems to be a major topic these days and it
> seems to me that each unit should decide the uniform for the type of ship.
> Sail vs. power vessels have different uniforms, when the unit is on liberty
> the uniform should be dress blues or whites depending on the season. Sailing
> vessels the uniform should be what the weather dictates. On the sail vessels,
> shorts and a polo shirt should be acceptable underway as long as everyone
> dresses the same. Ships name and number or Sea Scout insignia on the polo
> shirts or all three.
> Officers should be allowed to wear their ribbons from the branch of the
> service they were in, THEY EARNED IT!!! What ever brings in membership is the
> name of the game.
> Paul A. Marrs, Skipper
> Ship 51
> SSS/ USS Warrior NSY-31
> Stockton, California
> email: NavStaStkn@aol.com
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