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ProdigalJim
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« on: July 28, 2017, 12:23:09 PM »

Just saw a Senior Member interacting with the public in ABUs, wearing a regulation-blue nametape on the back of his hat, Army-style.

Sigh...
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Levi Lockling
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 12:27:54 PM »

I have a cadet temporarily in my squadron from Kansas wing who has that same thing. He said it was local custom over there. I've also seen HMRS pictures showing CAP members that have the same blue nametag sewn on above their right back pocket, USMC style.

I cry inside a little every time.

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1stLt Levi H. Lockling
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 01:27:51 PM »

Did you pull them aside, take out your pocket knife, and have them cut them off on the spot?!  That's what needs to happen.  :)
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DocJekyll
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 12:07:52 PM »

I used to place a shortened name tag on my BDU pants, but I'd put it where the belt would hide it. More to make sure I kept track of my pants when doing lots of laundry....

As for the cover... I have no idea why that'd be a thing. I put the first letter of last name and last 4 of social on the brim closest to the head. Always worked fine.
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CyBorgII
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 03:56:16 PM »

As for the cover... I have no idea why that'd be a thing. I put the first letter of last name and last 4 of social on the brim closest to the head. Always worked fine.

That is how I was instructed to mark my kit in AF BMT.
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DocJekyll
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2017, 05:24:30 PM »

As for the cover... I have no idea why that'd be a thing. I put the first letter of last name and last 4 of social on the brim closest to the head. Always worked fine.

That is how I was instructed to mark my kit in AF BMT.

That's where I got it from.  ;) 322TRS
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PHall
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2017, 08:54:32 PM »

As for the cover... I have no idea why that'd be a thing. I put the first letter of last name and last 4 of social on the brim closest to the head. Always worked fine.

That is how I was instructed to mark my kit in AF BMT.

That's where I got it from.  ;) 322TRS

Back when I went through BMT in 1974 they made us rubber stamps with the first letter of your last name and the last 4 of your SSN to mark our laundry with.
And we got to pay for them too!
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abdsp51
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2017, 09:03:57 PM »

Back when I went through BMT in 1974 they made us rubber stamps with the first letter of your last name and the last 4 of your SSN to mark our laundry with.
And we got to pay for them too!

I feel jipped.  I had a sharpie and a paint marker....
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PHall
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2017, 10:21:15 PM »

We got the stamps so it would be readable. At least that's what they told us while they were taking our money. ::)
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MIKE
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2017, 10:51:13 PM »

Grandfather still has the stencil cards for marking his stuff with paint  from the Navy circa 1946.
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2017, 11:01:31 PM »

I went to Basic at Lackland in '91 and got the stencil issued to put my laundry mark on everything with a paint pen or marker.  I still have it somewhere.
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DocJekyll
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2017, 11:24:33 AM »

In 2007 I used a sharpie with a playing card that had a slot cut in it so we'd keep it in the same sized area and consistent. Still, guys in my flight seemed to mess it up. *looking at trainee Kohls* >:(
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SARDOC
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2017, 12:28:16 AM »

stamps must have been great.  I had a Stencil and we used shoe polish with the stencil.  It really worked well.
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CyBorgII
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2017, 02:43:41 AM »

We had Sharpie markers for our BDU's and pens with White-Out-type stuff in them for the inside of our boots.  They never worked properly and seemed to be there just to incite the wrath of the MTI's on new Airmen (this was before they were called "trainees") who could not make them work right without making blobs all over the place.  Full disclosure: I was one of those. :o
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MHC5096
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2017, 08:00:12 AM »

This weekend I came across my Navy stencil card from 1989 complete with Company number.
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BuckeyeDEJ
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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2017, 11:59:18 PM »

At a cadet encampment, I bought the stamps, and then stamped all my stuff appropriately.

As for nametapes in unauthorized places, I'm sure the impulse is to look more military though the impulse is misguided at best.
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kwe1009
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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2017, 08:47:34 AM »

At a cadet encampment, I bought the stamps, and then stamped all my stuff appropriately.

As for nametapes in unauthorized places, I'm sure the impulse is to look more military though the impulse is misguided at best.

It would not be so bad if the "impulse to look more military" was an "impulse to look more Air Force." 
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Angus
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2017, 08:53:14 AM »

I used to place a shortened name tag on my BDU pants, but I'd put it where the belt would hide it. More to make sure I kept track of my pants when doing lots of laundry....


That's a great idea especially for larger activities like encampment if people need to make use of the laundry facilities. 
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ProdigalJim
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2017, 06:34:17 PM »

At a cadet encampment, I bought the stamps, and then stamped all my stuff appropriately.

As for nametapes in unauthorized places, I'm sure the impulse is to look more military though the impulse is misguided at best.

It would not be so bad if the "impulse to look more military" was an "impulse to look more Air Force."

Here's how jacked-up it was: the back-of-the-hat thing was Army style, but the grade on the collar was diagonal, Navy style.
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PHall
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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2017, 08:39:27 PM »

I used to place a shortened name tag on my BDU pants, but I'd put it where the belt would hide it. More to make sure I kept track of my pants when doing lots of laundry....


That's a great idea especially for larger activities like encampment if people need to make use of the laundry facilities.

Laundry marker pen on the inside of the waistline on the trousers has always worked for me at CAWG Encampments.
All of my cadets got their clothes back after laundry day (which just happens to be right after they do the confidence course!).
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