I got to wondering after seeing this Pit thread about what is the protocol regarding American military personnel wearing their uniforms in ordinary civilian activities, such as going to bars (to drink and or to pick up girls), attending formal events such as family weddings and funerals, and going to 7-11. The thread concerns so-called BDUs, which stands for Battle Dress Uniforms, which old guys like me equate to the old fatigue uniforms. (Back in the day we civilians thought the military people only had two types of clothes, “full dress uniforms” and “fatigues.” Now everything is acronymized so fatigues are called BDUs. I don’t know that the uniforms formerly known as full dress uniforms are called now.)
Hypothetically speaking, is there any place where wearing BDUs is inappropriate? The pit thread concerns people wearing their uniforms to bars in order to impress and pick up girls, which has been happening since the beginning of time of course.
How about if the military person was involved in a civilian trial for a non-military event, like suing or being sued, or as the victim in a civilian criminal trial? I imagine it would be perfectly legal for the person to wear his/her uniform in court becaue people dress to impress the judge/jury all the time, and if you’ve got it, flaunt it, but are there any negative repercussions for doing so? In the other thread there was a link to a certain military post’s position on this question, but does this vary from post to post?
BTW, IAAL but this is just a hypothetical for future reference. I’ve represented military personnel in the past who didn’t want to wear their uniforms in civilian court and I didn’t press the issue, but perhaps I should have.