Originally posted by AnnunakiX
As a father, I understand his desire to do what he can to protect the children. As a retired servicemember of 22 years active duty, I am appalled at
his blatant disregard of the uniform, UCMJ and disrespect of the armed services.
As a civilian, he is no longer allowed to wear the uniform. He is not retired. He is not attending a formal function. The US military would never
endorse military presence at schools as we are not in a military state. The United States does not operate under any capacity of military rule. The
mere action of him showing up and performing any function at the school in uniform strongly suggests DoD/USMC endorsement of such activities.
I feel ya' man, but seriously...bad call.
The Corps Tells Marine Guarding His Kid's School To 'Remove The Uniform'
The Corps told Pritchard he's welcome to stay in front of the school, just not in 'battle dress' fatigues.
MARINE CORPS ORDER P1020.34G para 11002.1.b. states, "Former Members of the Armed Forces. Unless qualified under another provision of this Order or
under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 772, former members who served honorably during a declared or undeclared war and whose most recent service was
terminated under honorable conditions may wear the uniform in the highest grade held during such war service only upon the following occasions and in
the course of travel incident thereto: (1) Military funerals, memorial services, weddings, and inaugurals. (2) Parades on national or state holidays;
or other parades or ceremonies of a patriotic character in which any active or reserve United States military unit are taking part. 'Wearing of the
uniform or any part thereof at any other time or for any purpose is prohibited." Read more:
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Um, I must point out that neither the Marines, or any branch of servicemen has the right to tell any CIVILIAN what they can and cannot wear.
While I appreciate their little paragraph spewing rules, they just do not carry any weight of enforcement after one has left the service.
If I choose, I can goto the local Army Surplus and buy full regalia for any branch of the armed forces, put it on, and claim to be a four-star
general. What can anyone do about it? Not a damned thing.
The Marines should worry about which one in their ranks will commit suicide next or shoot up the barracks before they worry what a FREE CIVILIAN
While the guy obviously made a bad decision, the Marines need to butt the hell out.
Perhaps my respect for the armed forces will return when they quit making a mockery of this country. While I agree a few bad apples isnt
representative of the whole bushel, it sure makes my appetite for apples go away.
Throwing puppies off bridges.
Murdering whole towns of women and children.
Killing themselves instead of the "enemy".
Shooting unarmed MEDIA with helicopters while laughing.
Makes one wonder what things are done by our soldiers "protecting our freedom" that we arent hearing about.
Im not against the military as a whole, but their excuses of "just following orders" is getting lame.
edit on 21-12-2012 by MisterMaster
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