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Military Ribbon

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Fellows,
What do you think about wearing a miniature campaign ribbon on a suit jacket? Is this practice acceptable?
post #2 of 21
Depends on the message you want to get across. It smacks a LITTLE of bragging / OTOH, having been on a campaign gives certain rights, in my opinion, to be proud of having been in combat and survived.
post #3 of 21
It was my understanding that miniature ribbons were permitted on civilian formal wear only at occasions where wearing a military uniform would be inappropriate. I would think there would be relatively few events that fit that description.
post #4 of 21
if it is yours, and it is something worth while - I won't even beging to suggest where that line is drawn, but lets say if it does indicate having been in combat with a good unit, then I would say wear it. I wear a pin of my own on my suits.
post #5 of 21
If you served your country in combat and you got a ribbon for it, I'd say you have the right to wear it whereever the hell you want. Anyone that looks down on you or says anything negative about it to you is a douche.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by odoreater
If you served your country in combat and you got a ribbon for it, I'd say you have the right to wear it whereever the hell you want. Anyone that looks down on you or says anything negative about it to you is a douche.

Amen, to that. Thank you for your service.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by paper clip
Amen, to that. Thank you for your service.
post #8 of 21
If it is an inherited medal, then you wear it on the left lapel, I believe.
post #9 of 21
If its your ribbon, and anyone says something about you wearing it. Introduce them to your hand, formally.
post #10 of 21
Army regs are as follows: For active duty soldiers, wearing awards is prohibited when wearing civilian clothing, except for civilian awards, lapel buttons, or rosettes intended for wear with civilian clothing. Soldiers may wear miniature medals on formal civilian attire at formal civilian functions, when the wear of an Army uniform is inappropriate or not authorized. (Army Regulation 670-1, section 29-4) Retired personnel and former members of the Army may wear all categories of medals on appropriate civilian clothing. This includes clothes designed for veteran and patriotic organizations on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and Armed Forces Day, as well as at formal occasions of ceremony and social functions of a military nature. Retired personnel and former members of the Army may wear either full sized medals or miniature medals and should wear them in approximately the same location and in the same manner as they would be worn on an Army uniform. (Army Regulation 670-1, section 30-6) Former members of an Army unit may wear the distinctive unit insignia on the breast pocket or lapel. (Army Regulation 670-1, section 30-9). The Army Regulations do not appear to authorize civilians who have never served to wear any Army awards or insignias.
post #11 of 21

Sorry to resurrect a really old thread but it's the only one I could find that was close. I'm getting married shortly and plan to wear the miniature medals that I've earned during my service on the lapel of my tux. That's not my question. Question is will it be too busy with a simple white pocket square (a la tv fold) and a flower as well? I kinda think so at least as far as the flower goes. Not sure about the pocket square. Any thoughts?

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by PeteC View Post

Sorry to resurrect a really old thread but it's the only one I could find that was close. I'm getting married shortly and plan to wear the miniature medals that I've earned during my service on the lapel of my tux. That's not my question. Question is will it be too busy with a simple white pocket square (a la tv fold) and a flower as well? I kinda think so at least as far as the flower goes. Not sure about the pocket square. Any thoughts?

will it be too busy...yes.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Stax View Post

Army regs are as follows: For active duty soldiers, wearing awards is prohibited when wearing civilian clothing, except for civilian awards, lapel buttons, or rosettes intended for wear with civilian clothing. Soldiers may wear miniature medals on formal civilian attire at formal civilian functions, when the wear of an Army uniform is inappropriate or not authorized. (Army Regulation 670-1, section 29-4) Retired personnel and former members of the Army may wear all categories of medals on appropriate civilian clothing. This includes clothes designed for veteran and patriotic organizations on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and Armed Forces Day, as well as at formal occasions of ceremony and social functions of a military nature. Retired personnel and former members of the Army may wear either full sized medals or miniature medals and should wear them in approximately the same location and in the same manner as they would be worn on an Army uniform. (Army Regulation 670-1, section 30-6) Former members of an Army unit may wear the distinctive unit insignia on the breast pocket or lapel. (Army Regulation 670-1, section 30-9). The Army Regulations do not appear to authorize civilians who have never served to wear any Army awards or insignias.

That sets out the US view adequately so follow that, but simply to wear the ribbon to brag is quite inappropriate.
post #14 of 21

imho opinion depends on the award

campaign ribbon that millions have recieved, good conduct, etc., probably not

a decoration: PH, Silver Star, obviously CMoH, perhaps CIB

unit or quals: Ranger, SF, etc., depends on company & function

post #15 of 21

I would never wear my campaign ribbon or other awards because I'm not particularly proud of them. To the guy planning on wearing them with his tux I ask: what is the point? If you wanted to showcase your ERB you might as well wear a dress uniform.

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