Wearing uniform in public

Should we be allowed to wear uniform in public?

  • Some of the time

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  • Not these days, maybe for parades...

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • No.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    243
#1
I was looking on ARRSE and saw this thread about an AIN;
• With the exception of Northern Ireland , personnel may wear uniform whilst off duty in public unless otherwise directed by the chain of command. This is no change to the current policy, which is based on the principle of personal choice.

• In circumstances where personnel wish to preserve their anonymity or the anonymity of their family and home address they will not be compelled to wear uniform in public unless on duty.

• Commanders and COs are empowered to modify regulations, but are required to inform their regional chain of command when they make such modifications.

• Whilst public visibility of officers and soldiers in uniform raises the profile of the Army, the wearing of uniform in public also brings with it a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of both dress and behaviour.

Bold text emphasises that which I think is most important.

There are a couple of footnotes, one of which is particularly relevant to NI, and you should read AIN 133/07 when it eventually arrives on your notice board.

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As far as I can tell the general sentiment is that it would be a good idea to openly wear uniform around the towns and cities as it might be beneficial for raising the public profile of the forces as a whole and so on.
I was just wondering what your opinions might be.

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(Apologies if the poll doesn't work, first time for everything and all that...)
 
#2
Of course when you get your security brief they say not to do it under any circumstances. I just think it makes old folks feel safer when they seems service personnel in rig.
 

Chalky

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#3
You want a military supported by the public, financially and otherwise?

Then get out there and show your stuff. No-one likes paying for something they can't see, A smartly turned out Jack or Tom holding a door open, tipping a hat or giving a smile will go a long way to convincing folk that we're not all beer-swilling lunatics pissing away UK PLC's funds for the sake of it.

That's the Home Office, for a start...
 

geoffg

Lantern Swinger
#7
[quote="NicksIf I told you I would have to kill you afterwards !! :lol:[/quote]

Is that "Eventually" :oops:

geoff(ers) :???:
 

pots359v

Lantern Swinger
#8
Chalky said:
You want a military supported by the public, financially and otherwise?

Then get out there and show your stuff. No-one likes paying for something they can't see, A smartly turned out Jack or Tom holding a door open, tipping a hat or giving a smile will go a long way to convincing folk that we're not all beer-swilling lunatics pissing away UK PLC's funds for the sake of it.

That's the Home Office, for a start...
If they want to see what they are paying for all they have to do is turn the news on!

I for one will not be wearing uniform in public, unless on parade (Remembrance Sunday). Goes against all the principles we had drilled into us in training and whilst serving in NI. Security of myself and family are top of my priorities.
 
#9
Should be encouraged - yes; Should be allowed - depends on the situation.

CO's should retain the right to alter the rules to suit the requirement.

Personally I have no problem with wearing uniform in public and have on numerous occasions; that said it isn't as if I slip into my No 1's to do the shopping at ASDA at the weekend.

I believe it all comes down to common sense really and would definately not wish to see it reintroduced as standard for runs ashore.

SF
 

sgtpepperband

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#10
Military Uniforms

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions have been issued by (a) ministers and (b) the chain of command regarding the change of policy on the wearing of military uniforms in public; and if he will make a statement. [60975]

Mr. Doug Henderson: Following the announcement to the House by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 19 October 1998, Official Report, columns 968-69, of the adoption of a more open approach to the wearing of uniform in public, the single-Service Chiefs of Staff each issued guidelines to their respective service. The new guidelines came into force on 1 November 1998 for mainland Great Britain and have since been extended to include those serving abroad, taking due account of local security situations.

27 Nov 1998 : Column: 37

The guidelines allow personnel to wear uniform subject to the following caveats:

a. Personnel will not be compelled to wear uniform, other than on duty should they wish to protect their anonymity.

b. Mixed civilian and military clothing is not permitted except to cover up from residence to place of duty using private transport, when an individual or individual's family wish to protect anonymity.

c. The single Services will decide on the forms of uniform that are permissible in public.

d. For practical reasons, civilian clothes will continue to be worn by military staff in selected MOD buildings.

e. Personnel may not wear uniform when representing a third party.

f. Personnel may not consume alcohol, or visit places of entertainment, in uniform, other than on duty.

It is our intention that the adoption of a more open approach to the wearing of uniform in public will increase the visibility of Service personnel in society and enhance the public awareness of Armed Forces.
Source: Hansard
 
#13
Since November I (and my colleagues) have had to travel into London to a few events that required us to be in No1s. Being at the end of the central line it's a 30-40 minute journey on the tube so we were quite a novelty - the other commuters looked but didn't say anything. On the plus side we didn't get pushed or barged and actually had a bit of space. I also felt a sense of pride that I hadn't experienced for a few years. Around the Houses of Parliament we were also a tourist photo opportunity! Understand all the concerns about security but I think in the current climate the bad guys don't care if you are in the Forces or not - the general public are just as viable a target. If I'm going to get killed on the tube I might as well go down in rig!
 
#16
Perhaps their lordships and the great and the good at MoD Main Building (London in case you were wondering!) could lead by example, assuming they have any leadership left in them.

Reminds me of the time, serving at DPA Abbey Wood when I was asked by my IPT Leader (a civil serpant) if I would mind NOT wearing my uniform, as it was deemed to be threatening to the (huge majority) of other civil serpants on the team. What did they think they were there for, FFS!

On a slightly different tack, and I'm sure covered elsewhere, if the Army is so overstretched, perhaps Jack could take over the ceremonial duties in London, that should free up at least a Bde of combat troops. Having matelots guarding HM would raise our visibility with civ pop. Plus, imagine the hoofing runs ashore you could have whilst living in Windsor and central London.

jungly
 

boredwafu

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#17
junglyAEO said:
On a slightly different tack, and I'm sure covered elsewhere, if the Army is so overstretched, perhaps Jack could take over the ceremonial duties in London, that should free up at least a Bde of combat troops. Having matelots guarding HM would raise our visibility with civ pop. Plus, imagine the hoofing runs ashore you could have whilst living in Windsor and central London.

jungly
Jack and guns, hmmmm, might not quite have the desired effect LOL :lol:
 

sara21

Lantern Swinger
#18
I think all men, regardless of rank, should wear uniform in public....makes me smile!
As for ladies- NO!, female officers look like Traffic Wardens. booo
 
#20
What wuz great fun was riding around on a Norton Dominator in AA1 rig, wearing a black skidlid, with cap tucked inside jacket.

Hells Angels had nothing on that!

The Regs used to hear me coming down Portland Hill and have the barrier up ready.
 

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