In uniform off duty(rant)
i just have to get this out of my system. every time i go to the nearby wall-mart, mall, or any other off post business i see at least 4 soldiers in uniform wandering around. sure its understandable to run some errands right after work or on your lunch break but for crying out loud at 20:00!! what do these idiots think they're doing. and whats worse i can't even go into an airport bar and not find some soldier getting drunk in uniform. I'm sick of these people making me and every other soldier out there doing the right thing look bad. sure i make it a point to correct them and have often told someone to go change if they are going to get drunk but they're everywhere. haven't these people heard of a thing called opsec? i know I'm probably preaching to the choir but its really getting my goat.
disclaimer: if you are one of the people that do this please realize that it is a violation of uniform standards and i will not apologies if you are offended by that.
Series of questions here...
I am curious as to just why does it bother you details please, and not a rant of how it really grinds you to see someone in uniform off base!
I for one am glad to see them walking around proud of our country and what they do, and I quite often tell them so. They also get Military discounts, no they do not need to be in uniform to get it just show their ID just like the police and firemen do.
Class A uniforms limit them to what they can do, i.e. they cannot carry anything period, no bags, no milk, nothing.
Yes they are on 24 hour call and must be able to respond immediately when ever called, granted they cannot CCW or otherwise off base (or on) and are a big target for a BG, but I reiterate I do not find it offensive and am proud to see them walking about.
When my daughter came home on a short leave for Christmas she was in her class B uniform. She had not had the time to do any shopping yet, so it was a quick hop form the airport to the mall, and 5 hours later a tired dad and his Corporal headed home loaded with stuff for mom and the rest of the family.
Had you pulled this hissy-fit nonsense with me present, she being a professional would have walked away, but me that is a different story let us just say that I you would have left crying for your Mommy.