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  • DACP
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    Sans policy prohibiting such a thing, I would go in uniform. If it is against I would go to the chief and request a waiver.

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  • Magic Matt
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    Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
    In that case I would make sure I asked the boss.

    I never passed up the chance to write a policy that reflected MY preferences on how to handle a particular situation. If your chief thinks enough of your opinion to ask you to put it into policy -----that advantage of that confidence!
    He’s already just volun-told me to write one on a much more complex subject that I knew nothing about, but now I know more about than anyone else at my dept., and when I'm finished with that one…
    Last edited by Magic Matt; 03-08-2011, 12:56 PM.

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  • ryker
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    If other Marines are present please ensure your uniform is inspection ready and that you are able to properly stand at attention, parade rest and know how to salute. If not just wear a suit. The other Marines will with ease notice any and all errors in uniforms and drill.

    The purpose of wearing your uniform is to show respect to your buddy, a sloppy uniform and poor drill isn't.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Magic Matt View Post


    My policy & procedure manual also does not mention this, and I’m not going to ask my Chief as he would just tell me to write one up…
    In that case I would make sure I asked the boss.

    I never passed up the chance to write a policy that reflected MY preferences on how to handle a particular situation. If your chief thinks enough of your opinion to ask you to put it into policy -----that advantage of that confidence!

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  • QuietPro
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    OP- I'm so sorry for your loss, and may you be comforted in your friend's outstanding service.

    That said; Wear your uniform for him. Salute with loving pride, and remember him the same way. "FTO" should have no bearing on this whatsoever.....

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  • LiveFast
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    I know there is nothing about that in my P&P manual!!! But I would definitely go uniform, unless told otherwise by my department. It's shows a sense of brotherhood and respect (in my opinion).

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  • Magic Matt
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    Sorry for your loss.

    I would wear the uniform.

    My policy & procedure manual also does not mention this, and I’m not going to ask my Chief as he would just tell me to write one up…

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  • Bearcat357
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    Originally posted by District B 13 View Post
    Your Policies and Procedures manual wil tell you what to do.

    You ever think a lot of agencies don't address stuff like that...? The Agenices I worked for never did. Hell, I just texted my former Sheriff to ask him his thoughts and he said fully dress attaire from the agency is the route he would tell his employees and that there was nothing in the handbook because he didn't think about it when WE did it and he's got other crap to do than worry about silly small ****....

    Originally posted by District B 13 View Post
    You should already have a CLEAR understanding of what your agency requires and that should have been part of your FTO program.

    What the hell does an FTO program have to do about things....?? I've FTO for years before taking my current job with the AF and never, ever did I talk to Boots about wearing of the uniform at a funeral other than a LEOs.....

    Originally posted by District B 13 View Post
    it does just as well to show up in civvies.
    Once again...that's crap. If the OP wants to show up in full uniform (and he should) then that's on him...... Just like if there was a Dr/Lawyer/Accountant/Teacher there....they are going to show up what they work in.....

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  • FJDave
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    DB13 is a known ***hat most of the time. Ignore him....we do.

    Uniform, most definitely.

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  • OCEnforcer29
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    Originally posted by District B 13 View Post
    Your Policies and Procedures manual wil tell you what to do. Follow those guidelines, not what someone on the internet says. I can't believe that someone wouldn't even take the time to look this up before asking on a forum. You should already have a CLEAR understanding of what your agency requires and that should have been part of your FTO program.

    While the loss is unfortunate, it does just as well to show up in civvies. It's YOU that is showing your respect for him, NOT your uniform. It's not about you, it's about him and his sacrifice.
    Wow dude, cool your jets. No, my policy manual doesn't state anything about wearing my uniform to a military funeral. Nor did my T.O. tell me, "When your friend is killed in Afghanistan, you may wear your uniform to the funeral."

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  • District B 13
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    Your Policies and Procedures manual wil tell you what to do. Follow those guidelines, not what someone on the internet says. I can't believe that someone wouldn't even take the time to look this up before asking on a forum. You should already have a CLEAR understanding of what your agency requires and that should have been part of your FTO program.

    While the loss is unfortunate, it does just as well to show up in civvies. It's YOU that is showing your respect for him, NOT your uniform. It's not about you, it's about him and his sacrifice.

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  • KapsFB
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    I attended a friend's funeral in Arlington last fall in full uniform (with cover). The family was extremely happy & grateful for the gesture. I was more than happy to do it.

    The only exception for non LEO funerals is a badge band/cover is not appropriate. Those are reserved for LEOs only.

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  • OCEnforcer29
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    Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
    I agree a uniform is proper................however I would check with someone in your command structure to make sure the department doesn't have a prohibition against wearing your uniform "outside" of official duties.

    Some departments can be picky as to where you wear the uniform............................just saying!
    Yeah I'll run it by my LT. Thanks.

    And thanks everyone, and it's not my loss, it's everyones loss.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    I agree a uniform is proper................however I would check with someone in your command structure to make sure the department doesn't have a prohibition against wearing your uniform "outside" of official duties.

    Some departments can be picky as to where you wear the uniform............................just saying!

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  • RoadKingTrooper
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    Sorry for your loss, I agree the uniform would be proper. If you contact the Patriot Guard Riders and make a request, they will attend your friends funeral, form a flag line at both the service and gravesite and provide a M/C escort to the cemetery.

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