A friend of mine posted this on Facebook today. These two guys came upon a man who was wearing an Army uniform incorrectly. It was pretty obvious that the guy was not an actual soldier and, in fact, was probably breaking the law. People who aren't in the military are not allowed to wear uniforms with rank or insignia. The dude in the video was posing as an E-8 with Ranger tabs. He got called out.
But then the guys who called him out got arrested…
Granted, I don't necessarily approve of them cussing out the posing faker. They were better ways to handle it. They could have called the police or filed a complaint with the appropriate branch. In this case, it would have been the Army. If they had done that, they wouldn't have gotten arrested. But then, they wouldn't have these "awesome videos" for everyone to gawk at, either.
I have no idea why the guy was wearing the uniform. Seems to me that he wasn't too smart to pose as a Ranger… or go outside in uniform with no headgear on. People in the military are pretty obsessive about uniforms. They say a lot about the wearer. It's kind of like dogs sniffing butts… they all look to see where people have been and where they are. And if you've been in the military, you do it second nature. It drives Bill crazy to watch a TV show or a movie where the uniform is really blatantly wrong, although I believe he told me that they aren't allowed to show the uniforms exactly right because of regulations.
Retirees and certain honorably discharged veterans are allowed to wear uniforms on certain occasions. My dad wore his mess dress uniform when I got married. Looked very distinguished in it, too. I imagine Bill will wear his if we ever go on the Hebridean Princess again. I think that counts under "ceremony"… He can wear them to military balls, weddings, funerals, etc., though he's supposed to follow the weight and appearance standards.
I don't think it's illegal to wear the uniform if it doesn't have any rank, insignia, or other identification that indicates that the person wearing the uniform is a service member when they're not. The guy in the video was breaking the law because he was posing as a Ranger. He probably should have been fined at the very least.
This turned out to be kind of an interesting exercise in research. I'll have to quiz Bill about it when he gets home. If he hasn't seen that video yet, I bet it'll piss him off.
In the meantime…