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    Is it just me or are there a lot of (mainly young) cadets who seem to wear uniform ashore at social functions? Particularly those whose companies provide full blues uniform or mess kit.

    My view? We're not the military. Merchant Navy uniform has no place at shoreside social functions unless it's industry related, and even then only for formal awards and so on.

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  • #2
    Each to their own, but personally I would never wear mine back home - especially if I'm not working.
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    • #3
      I'm sure there is actually a rule to say that your not allowed to so even companies that make cadets wear it at college are breaking the rules, I dont know why exactly though


      Hmmmm couldnt find the post on here where someone had put forth that idea, having had a look on the MSA it basically says dont wear anything your not of a rank to wear, and dont wear the uniform or parts of it ashore when you could bring it into disreput so wearing it down south shields to pull the lads and lasses on a friday night might not be a good idea,
      Last edited by ETwhat?; 23 July 2011, 08:37 PM. Reason: the google god spoke to me
      you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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      • #4
        As you say ET, the MSA only says it's an offence to wear a uniform of a rank you are not entitled to. As far as I'm aware there's no rule against it. I wouldn't do it, I'm not a huge fan of it. Maybe only if you were representing your company at an official event or attending some kind of promotion/function/ceremony.

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        • #5
          I got married in my Uniform, there are precious few of us to promote the job / life style so a little wearing of uniform for that kind thing is fair enough.

          Otherwise have only worn it to naming ceromonies (feel free to correct that spelling) cos thats what we where told to wear, complete with scrabled egg on the cap peak...an APMM thing I belive for senior officers (those crazy europeans!)
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chiefy View Post
            I got married in my Uniform,
            I'm thinking i might be more traditional and get married in a church

            I also cant imagine that if the police picked you up for being drunken on the streets that they would even think 'oh hes wearing his uniform we can do him for that' and focus more why you had droped your pants in the street and seemed to have tried to impregnate a kebab. (honestly officer it was an accident)
            you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ETwhat? View Post
              I also cant imagine that if the police picked you up for being drunken on the streets that they would even think 'oh hes wearing his uniform we can do him for that' and focus more why you had droped your pants in the street and seemed to have tried to impregnate a kebab. (honestly officer it was an accident)
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              • #8
                I think for weddings (if you're the one getting married and you want to), memorial events and industry events ashore then it's ok, but people just throwing on their mess uniform because they don't have a dinner suit is odd. Or worse, wearing mess kit during the day - it's eveningwear!!
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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=CharlieDelta;36475]I think for weddings (if you're the one getting married and you want to), [QUOTE]

                  If your not sure you want to get married i think worrying about what to wear is a lower priority,

                  GM, that does remind me of a kebab i bought in south shields, it didnt come pre assembled and now while im a fan of ikea, having to assemble a kebab, open bread, remove meat from sticks, find the salad and the sauce is not something to be done whilst pissed, even with a full set of allen keys.
                  you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Chiefy View Post
                    I got married in my Uniform, there are precious few of us to promote the job / life style so a little wearing of uniform for that kind thing is fair enough.

                    Otherwise have only worn it to naming ceromonies (feel free to correct that spelling) cos thats what we where told to wear, complete with scrabled egg on the cap peak...an APMM thing I belive for senior officers (those crazy europeans!)

                    I agree with Chiefy, there is little outward evidence of what we do, and being embarrassed of the uniform doesn't help. I wouldn't wear mine out to a Mothers Day lunch at the pub, or similar, but for black Tie events, or if I'd been specifically asked to, I'd consider it.
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                    • #11
                      As long as you remember that you represent the Merchant Navy and your company and act accordingly I say wear it with pride. I know I will

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