Just to be clear on the matter - there is absolutely no chance WHATSOEVER that military personnel would wear their uniforms just for the sake of dressing up. It would be the equivalent of a civvy putting on their bright green Adsa tabard to go clubbing, or getting into their sports kit to go and see granny - like wtf for? It's against the rules anyway.
By 'off-duty' the reports mean travelling to or from work, which might include going via the shops, picking kids up from school, getting fuel etc. During the Irish troubles, the deal was that you didn't leave your unit visibly in uniform. However, this policy made life pretty inefficient and also led to an effective 'invisibility' to the public. The rules were changed after the Good Friday agreement when the security position changed, and it has been encouraged so that civvies see that Service personnel exist and are part of every day society.
I think they should wear their uniforms in public. For a start I believe that having somebody dressed in their uniform would have a deterrent effect on criminals. Secondly they would be easily identifiable in the case of an emergency which they would be better equipped to help in than 99% of the nation.
I'm sick of people blubbering about them being in Iraq/Afghanistan, it's pathetic They don't decide military policy at all and further more the vast majority of them would rather not be there at all. They are in long contracts that you can't get out of and many of them need to re-sign their contracts for their families livelyhood. Very few wars in history have ever been entered because the enemy has done something directly to us. There is very little evidence that Germany would have attempted to conquer us but we still went to war with them, would you go upto a verteran in the poppy day parade and tell him exactly the same thing you want to tell our troops now? I don't think so...
Sad company you keep then! Its against all standing orders. Partial uniform is considered even worse - and a pretty naff Halloween outfit! But it is also not the same as walking through town on your way back from work to do a bit of shopping etc.
can anyone confirm or deny the idea i have in my ehad that the decision in peterbrough was take on the account of ONE incident happening ages ago - not liek the media trying to make us believe soliders were getting constant abuse on the streets......?
We should be proud of the men and women who serves our country...Ok our leaders are screwed up and took poor decisions but these people had a duty to serve our country when told to do so and that's exactly what their are did/doing. We should be proud of them and if you see one in Military uniform take a moment and says thanks and shake their hands...It would mean so much to them as their are constantly criticised.
So absolutely they military uniform should be worn in public.
i wasnt moaning about it. im just saying i thought this whole thing was about peoples opinions. but alot of the time it seems that if you dont agree ur gonna get ''attacked'' for it.
Children children, let's try and be civil now. Keep on the topic please.