Wearing jewelry at the academy

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  1. Hoping2021

    Hoping2021 Member

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    If people want to give DD jewelry as high school graduation gift, are they allowed to wear them daily at CGA? It seems like the only earrings we've ever seen in pictures are simple pearl studs. Is it just a coincidence or is that the only kind of earrings they're allowed to wear? What about necklaces and rings?

    She's actually CGAS first year, but are the rules different?
     
  2. Physicsguru

    Physicsguru 5-Year Member

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    Uniform regs for the Coast Guard are earrings must be studs--no hoops or dangling, and only one in each ear. Only one neck chain for a religious symbol, which must be tucked inside the blouse. Only one ring on each hand (not counting wedding ring). A watch may be worn on the wrist, and only one bracelet (ID type) may be worn on the other.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    Shouldn't have to worry about that as a cadet.... as you're not allowed to be married.
     
  4. Hoping2021

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    Thank you for the information! So, can I assume that the the studs don't have to be pearls? As I wrote, pearls are all I saw, but DD is not crazy about pearls for everyday wear.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    Diamonds or pearls (or balls, whatever they're called... you know, silver or gold), and I believe there's a max size with that. Google "Coast Guard uniform regulations."
     
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    Ok, thank you! DD actually just received emeralds, but they are no go then, huh?
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    Not sure. I never had to deal with earrings. I just know it was all tackled in a manual, including the sizes.
     
  8. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    From the 2009 USCG uniform manual:

    One earring per ear centered on the earlobe for women. Earrings will be 4-6mm ball studs (approx. 1/8 – ¼ inch), natural white pearl (colored pearls not authorized), white diamond, plain gold or silver with a shiny or brushed matte finish settings. Decorative or combination settings not authorized. Earrings are not authorized for men in uniform at any time or when on leave or liberty on a military facility. See Tattoo, Body Marking, Body Piercing, and Mutilation Policy, COMDTINST 1000.1 (series) for more information

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    https://www.uscg.mil/history/docs/2009uscguniformregs.pdf
     
  9. Hoping2021

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    Oh perfect, thank you! I was looking for this but couldn't find it earlier. The earrings she received won't work according to this. At least we know now not to bother taking them.
     
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    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014 10-Year Member

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    Keep in mind that she won't be in uniform forever. While she'll spend the majority of her time during 4/c year in some kind of uniform, both on and off base, there will be times when she is far enough away from CGA that she can wear those earrings. It could be on a long weekend trip to NY or Boston or some other kind of adventure. It's up to her.

    After 4/c year, she'll be in Rec Gear on the weekends as a 3/c and civilian clothes as a 2/c and 1/c so there's plenty of time to get to wear more colorful/fun things. 4/c year makes you appreciate the little things.
     
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  11. Hoping2021

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    That's great to know. Thank you!