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Old 09-21-2011, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
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Is is uncouth for a civilian to wear a officers uniform for Halloween?

A friend is planning on wearing a Naval Aviator uniform like in the movie Top Gun and I thought it is disrespectful to wear an unearned uniform and stripes even if it is a costume. Just something I think my dad being a combat veteran would agree with...
Your thoughts?
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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imitation is the sincerest form of flatery~ as long as he is not disgracing the uniform but wearing it proudly I'll proudly let him wear it!
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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As long as he doesn't recreate the infamous 'volleyball' scene, then go for it. Besides, it's very difficult for a civilian to get a real military flight suit (and they're not cheap either).
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Just as long as he doesn't lie claiming he actually served, it's fine.
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:19 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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I don't like non vets wearing military gear..it just bugs me..there is a fad going around and I have seen guys wearing the blue AF shirts with rank sewn on...it just seems wrong. But that is just me. Military family..Father, 3 brothers, and myself.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Schertz
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Why not? It's Halloween. As long as he's not saying he served or is serving and not wearing them on some random day to Chili's or something, trying to get kicks and handshakes, it's fine. Don't disgrace the uniform. When the Army made the switch from greens to blues, I had my greens, since my unit wanted to phase them out a little quicker, laying around. For Halloween, my niece wanted to wear them and I let her. I changed a few of the ribbons around and placed badges below instead of above so that anyone who's military would know it's a fake. Although I think the glittery camo ribbon in her hair gave her away.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:40 PM
 
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Halloween
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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Alter the uniform before wearing it. Like wear black boots (instead of the desert boots the military now wears), wear a black t-shirt (instead of a brown one), or don't wear the flight cap. That way you look fake and not trying to impersonate an officer (which by the way is actually a crime-- that's why in the movies the subtle differences between *real* uniforms and *fake* uniforms).
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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More than uncouth, it is a Crime. Suppose you get a ticket on your way to a party and a Policeman who has had a bad day asks for your ID
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:48 PM
 
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More than uncouth, it is a Crime. Suppose you get a ticket on your way to a party and a Policeman who has had a bad day asks for your ID
As long as the uniform is altered it is not a crime. We had flight suit parties were the spouses showed up in their husband's uniform. The uniforms were all altered in some way (rank covered up, no patches, etc), and it was obvious that we were not in uniform. It is not illegal to wear a military uniform, it is illegal to present yourself in uniform and claim that you are in the military.
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