Add the additional wrinkle of CAP members who are also AD/NG/RES members of the Air Force.....or may become one in the future.
Do you know long it will take or a ballpark estimate of when the higher ups will make a decision? One more month? Two? Thank you
I know several members of the CGAux who were awarded the MUC and wear it with no problem. If it was the intention of the AF that CAP members not wear the award, it wouldn't have been awarded.
Just to throw a little gasoline on this fire...As was pointed out the US Coast Guard Auxiliary routinely awards Military Unit Citations (PUC-CG, CGUC, MUC-CG, etc.), certain Military Service ribbons (Special Operations Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Recruiting Service Ribbon, etc.) and occasionally decorations (Gold and Silver Lifesaving Medals) to Auxiliarists. As was also pointed out, different Service different rules but for anyone trying to make the case for the benefit of CAP members to be able to wear it as an actual decoration on the USAF Style uniforms, they could cite this as an argument "FOR" authorizing this.Again, different rules for different Services, but whenever I was awarded a USCG Decoration, I was able to get a copy of the Award uploaded into the Army's iPERMS system, have the award properly documented on my DA Form 2-1 and in my online ORB and was granted authorization to wear them on my Army uniform. Only once did my Reserve unit ask for additional documentation, which was a simple memorandum stating I was a member of the unit at the time the unit award was presented and that I was entitled to its award.So depending on how the Air Force handles this process on the distribution and wear of the AFOEA by CAP, members who are also AC, RC or NG Servicemembers may be able to carry it over to their respective Services.
Those are all very good points but I'm thinking the real problem with the AFOEA ribbon wear are cadets. I do not think that the Air Force wants to give a military decoration to a minor. That is just my thought.
QuoteThose are all very good points but I'm thinking the real problem with the AFOEA ribbon wear are cadets. I do not think that the Air Force wants to give a military decoration to a minor. That is just my thought. I could see that as an issue but the Cadets at West Point were all awarded NDSM so I would guess the Air Force Academy Cadets got them too. I would think it's possible for a Freshman to be only 17 and technically a minor but be in the various Academies.Also I know it's possible to enlisted in the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard at 17, while a Junior in High School and attend Basic Training during the summer between your Junior and Senior years. You need a parent/guardian permission and a letter from the principal stating the enlistee is "on track to graduate" and that Military service will not interfere with their academic program. So it's quite possible to be in the Military and be a minor, but the USAF is different from the Army so different rules.