Is uniform ok for ALO interview?

Sons ALO interview is tomorrow. He is worried that he will be in uniform. He is a reapplicant. He attends a SMC, his interview is in the morning and must wear his uniform during the academic day.
 

AROTC-dad

Moderator
5-Year Member
Agree with USMA 1994. Being in the Corps of Cadets is a different situation than if you were in HS JROTC.
Explain and the ALO should be fine with it, or you can email him/her ahead of time that you will be dressed accordingly.
 
Thank you! We remember reading some posts discouraging applicants from wearing uniform to interviews so there was a little concern.

He will be wearing suit/tie to his congressional interview.
 

Christcorp

10-Year Member
It was well said about the student attire. If you happen to be dressed in attire you must wear, no problem. Simply State why to the Alo.

As for the enlisted, a military uniform is definitely appropriate. However, it should be service dress. And service dress only if you’re going to wear a uniform. You’re not a civilian and a college student. You’re a member of our armed forces. (By the way..... THANK YOU). But you would never wear BDU/ABU/similar duty uniform to a BTZ board, airman/NCO month board, etc. you’d wear your service dress. This is equally important.

And as an “Active Duty Member”, I would say that your service dress uniform is exactly the attire you should be wearing. You aren’t applying to a civilian school. You’re IN the military and applying for a military commissioning program. Wear the appropriate military service dress uniform.

On a side note for others in HS JrROTC, CAP, Scouts, etc. I have great respect for those programs. I was involved in some of them. But you aren’t in the armed forces. As similar as you may think it is, it isn’t the military. Wearing such a uniform to your ALO interview or MOC interview, in the hopes of giving the impression that somehow you are already PART of the military or have an association with the military, isn’t a good representation. Wear nice appropriate business attire. But active duty military ARE 24/7 military. You ARE part of the “military family”. Your service dress uniform, in my opinion, is the only attire you SHOULD be wearing.
 
It was well said about the student attire. If you happen to be dressed in attire you must wear, no problem. Simply State why to the Alo.

As for the enlisted, a military uniform is definitely appropriate. However, it should be service dress. And service dress only if you’re going to wear a uniform. You’re not a civilian and a college student. You’re a member of our armed forces. (By the way..... THANK YOU). But you would never wear BDU/ABU/similar duty uniform to a BTZ board, airman/NCO month board, etc. you’d wear your service dress. This is equally important.

And as an “Active Duty Member”, I would say that your service dress uniform is exactly the attire you should be wearing. You aren’t applying to a civilian school. You’re IN the military and applying for a military commissioning program. Wear the appropriate military service dress uniform.

On a side note for others in HS JrROTC, CAP, Scouts, etc. I have great respect for those programs. I was involved in some of them. But you aren’t in the armed forces. As similar as you may think it is, it isn’t the military. Wearing such a uniform to your ALO interview or MOC interview, in the hopes of giving the impression that somehow you are already PART of the military or have an association with the military, isn’t a good representation. Wear nice appropriate business attire. But active duty military ARE 24/7 military. You ARE part of the “military family”. Your service dress uniform, in my opinion, is the only attire you SHOULD be wearing.
Thank you.
 
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