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Do Standards even Matter?

Drill Team Uniform for XDThe picture at right was sent to me by a Facebook friend who is an Army JROTC instructor in Texas. He sent it with the note that, at this particular drill meet, the SOP stated that only authorized service uniforms were to be worn. He told me the reason for the strict uniform requirements:

One year I saw a color guard there wearing western wear. They had black denim trousers, western style shirts, cowboy boots and hats, and even wore red bandannas around their necks. It was getting ridiculous.

The Fancy or Basic Uniforms? article.

My response follows.

While I think the white Kevlar helmets are a strange choice, I don’t understand the Army’s (or any service’s) stiff-necked approach to uniforms. While I understand and fully support inspection, regulation and color guard in only authorized service uniforms, I don’t see why there is an issue regarding “exhibition uniforms” when it comes to exhibition drill. I in no way support any other kind of uniform when it comes to all regulation drill.

That being said, if instructors and cadet leaders cannot be bothered to read the SOP/OI, then the cadets should suffer the consequences which, unfortunately, ruins the purpose and experience of a drill meet.

What’s more, those who were running this competition did not even uphold the rules! This communicates to everyone involved that, no matter what standards are, it really doesn’t matter. I seriously doubt that this is what any JROTC command or unit wants to convey.

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Please, Pull Up Your Pants

Please have the self respect to not look so unbelievably silly. This picture (courtesy of 94.9 The Bull radio station), features the epitome of ridiculous. There is no reason to do this. This “fashion statement” says what? ‘Hi, I can’t seem to figure out how to use a belt?’

I understand that every American has freedom of choice and if you choose to drop your trousers around your ankles and wear a long coat to cover up the rest of your body, you have that right. However, police are starting to crack down on this as indecency.

With freedom comes responsibility. Freedom of wearing what you want, how you want comes with having a certain amount of decency or modesty. Not everyone agrees with this thought, obviously. The same goes for freedom of speech (speaking), freedom of the press, etc. Each freedom comes with responsibilities.

I don’t like seeing someone’s underwear. I don’t like sagging because it alters one’s gate; you walk differently- not as the good Lord intended- and, like I always say, practice makes permanent.

The phenomenon is beyond comprehension for me.

This is a good article on sagging trousers: http://theblackmancan.org/?p=2860.

Bottom photo courtesy of Ryan Mikell.