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Military Ribbon

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Chris E., Sep 15, 2006.

  1. Chris E.

    Chris E. New Member

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    Fellows,
    What do you think about wearing a miniature campaign ribbon on a suit jacket? Is this practice acceptable?
     
  2. Augusto86

    Augusto86 Senior member

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    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.
     
  3. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    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.
     
  4. globetrotter

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  6. paper clip

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    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.
     
  7. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Amen, to that. Thank you for your service.
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  8. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    If it is an inherited medal, then you wear it on the left lapel, I believe.
     
  9. Aureus

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    If its your ribbon, and anyone says something about you wearing it. Introduce them to your hand, formally.
     
  10. Stax

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    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.
     
  11. PeteC

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    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?
     
  12. ter1413

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    will it be too busy...yes.
     
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    That sets out the US view adequately so follow that, but simply to wear the ribbon to brag is quite inappropriate.
     
  14. Arthur PE

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    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
     
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    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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    how many are you talking about? I think two ribbens and a ps are perfectly good, in terms of business. I'd lose the flower. if you are thinking of 10 ribbens, that is probably too much.
     
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    +1
     
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    I don't see wearing medals or decorations with civilian clothes at all unless you're a British vet marching on Decoration day. The enamel service ribbon of your highest award can be worn in the buttonhole of a suit jacket if you're at a civic or veteran's function. I don't think US decorations have rosettes for them, except for grades of the Legion of Merit which are awarded to foreigners.

    If you want to wear the whole rack at a wedding I think you're limited to mess dress or if enlisted the Blue Uniform with bow tie. Of course, that may have all changed with the Army's realignment of uniforms. Unless you're active, reserve or IRR I wouldn't bother at all.
     
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  19. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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    Have you asked your bride-to-be what her thoughts are?
     
  20. PeteC

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    Wow. What a range of responses. I'll leave aside the comments about showcasing my ERB, not being proud of campaign ribbons etc. Everyone's service is personal so to each their own. Keep in mind I don't go around wearing my medals or ribbons on a regular basis. Wouldn't wear them to the office etc. Typically only bust them out for Veteran's day, Memorial day etc with the VFW.

    My fiancee was opposed to wearing a dress uniform, as was I. She is fine with the miniature medals. I'm going to encourage other vets and current military members in attendance to wear theirs as well. I honestly think it's a nice balance for someone who was active but is now reserves like myself. I really don't understand why everyone relegates wearing of military decorations to the British or commonwealth countries. Perhaps in America it's still a hangover from Vietnam? Dunno. I think more vets should be conspicuous about their service. We make up an increasingly small and isolated percentage of the population.

    I'll probably end up going with a simple white pocket square and my miniature medal rack (not my ERB and not including ribbons - but the correct per Army reg miniature medals authorized in a tux). Thanks for the opinions guys. Much appreciated.
     

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