Oh, how they change....

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by kdbax, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. kdbax

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    I just had to share a funny experience we had tonight with our 2013 mid, home for the holidays. He is one of the lectors at our church this evening and we needed to round up some nice dress clothes for him. (I wanted him to wear his SDBs, but since he's a third class the SDBs stayed at KP for the holidays.) I found a pair of khakis and a dress shirt and tie (his younger brother wears them for school concerts now - he's the same size) and lovingly ironed them. DS went to put them on and I found him ranting in the kitchen about how his brother should have told him the pants needed ironing:confused:. After a year and a half of uniforms at KP, I guess I just can't iron to his specifications anymore. Before he went to KP, I don't think he knew what an iron did.:rolleyes:

    Merry Christmas, everyone!
     
  2. El Bombero

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    Khakis ?

    Khakis AFTER Labor Day ?? :thumbdown:
     
  3. kdbax

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    Civilian khakis, not uniform.
     
  4. jasperdog

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    Really doesn't matter as on merchant ships which is what they are training to work as officers on, they will be wearing either regular civilian clothes, or at most khakis - ALL YEAR ROUND.

    Further in the Navy, Khaki's in particular Service Khaki's are basically the equal to "Business Casual on Steroids" IMHO and an appropriate uniform that I see worn every day, year round at the Pentagon as well as the Navy Annex and office spaces in and around DC for all occasions except for days when there are ceremonies going on in that office like Change of Command, etc.

    Also I though that as of circa 2007, the Navy phased out service blue and service white uniforms for Junior enlisted and replaced it with the new "Navy Service Uniform" which according to wikipedia is: "The Navy Service Uniform is a year-round service uniform to withstand day-to-day classroom and office-like environments where the service uniform is typically worn. It consists of a short-sleeve khaki shirt for males and a khaki weskit style blouse for females, made from a wash and wear 75% polyester, 25% wool blend, with permanent military creases, black trousers for males with beltless slacks for females and optional beltless skirt, and a black unisex garrison cap. Silver anodized-metal rank insignia is worn on shirt/blouse collars and cap. The service uniform will also include a black relaxed-fit Eisenhower-style jacket with a knit stand-up collar and epaulets, on which petty officers wear large, silver anodized-metal rate insignia. Those entitled to wear gold chevrons continue to wear gold chevrons on the large metal rate insignia on the jacket."

    Finally relevant to this is the point that Merchant Mariners generally only wear uniforms when they are working which is when they are aboard ship and as such the following Naval convention regarding uniforms applies: "Working uniforms are worn when other uniforms may become unduly soiled or are otherwise inappropriate for the task. These are worn at sea, and in industrial environments ashore. In July, 2010, the new Navy Working Uniform and coveralls became the only authorized working uniforms." If of course you even are so inclined as to apply Military/Naval regulations and conventions to the Merchant Marine, something I'm not generally a big proponent of doing.
     
  5. El Bombero

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    Labor Day

    kdbax.........gets me.:shake:
     
  6. El Bombero

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    Joking

    The Khakis after Labor Day comment was meant as a joke.
     
  7. KP2013dramamama

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    Our ds took out the ironing board and iron and ironed away for Christmas Eve Service! Put it all back too. Now if I could get him to set the table properly......:eek:
     

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