Wearing Your Uniform: Do's and Don'ts
Always proper: After separation, it is appropriate to wear your uniform during
Sometimes proper: Under certain conditions, you may wear your uniform as a
civilian. Generally, if you served honorably, you may wear your uniform:
- For military weddings, funerals, memorial services, or inaugural ceremonies.
- For patriotic parades on national holidays and for any military parades.
- For ceremonies in which a U.S. active or Reserve unit is taking part.
Never proper: Never wear the uniform under circumstances that would detract from
its prestige or tend to discredit the Armed Forces (such as attending a totalitarian or subversive
function or while engaging in a business activity). Also, it is against the law for
unauthorized persons to wear a uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Date Last Reviewed: July 2, 2009