A good friend of mine is commissioning this May and he told me some perplexing information. Apparently their CC isn't allowing them to pin on their butter bars during their ceremony because it's a mock ceremony. They come back to the Det a couple of weeks after Graduation weekend to informally take their oath and sign the paperwork. When the cadets asked the CC about it he said it's coming from HQ. This doesn't make any sense to me. There were no changes about this in any of the AFIs I read, in fact it's seems that AFI 36-2501 in paragraph 3.13 details the allowable pin on procedures. Has anyone heard anything about this? Apparently it was also suggested that the use paper ranks for the mock ceremony which just seems disrespectful to the cadets, their families, and the heritage and tradition a commissioning ceremony represents!