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    Why I like epaulettes

    I know not everyone is a fan of these little bits of shoulder decor....But I really like them for one simple reason......

    I have a place to put my cap.
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    I usually put a can of beer under each of mine.
    I changed my signature. The old one was too ridiculous.

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    Hahaha! I'd be too scared to do that with my Balmoral and tweed jacket with braided epaulettes!
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    In another thread I brought up the historical reason for white hose.

    Epaulets are another detail with its roots in history.

    Naval uniforms of old used epaulets to show rank.

    Land forces used epaulets as a way of keeping binoculars and map case straps from falling off your shoulder.

    And yes, keeping your headwear handy has been a regular use of epaulets for many years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wizard of BC View Post
    ... And yes, keeping your headwear handy has been a regular use of epaulets for many years.
    ... and keeping your beer cans handy, too.
    I changed my signature. The old one was too ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creagdhubh View Post
    Hahaha! I'd be too scared to do that with my Balmoral and tweed jacket with braided epaulettes!
    Yeah....thats why I prefer to save the braided ones for more formal jackets and doublets only....IF I chose to have them on my jacket at all. But I normally don't wear balmorals....I prefer the Tam's over...they seem to me more (US Army) Beret in style and feel. Plus there is also the lack of tassles in the wind. And yes, Steve you are correct....Epaulettes have long been where one afixes their shoulder boards of rank as well as cords to. Example the US Army Infantry Blue cord affixes to the button on the epaulette.
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    I don't have a pic of myself in my old Army dress greens uploaded yet.....but this should give you an Idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilted Cole View Post
    I don't have a pic of myself in my old Army dress greens uploaded yet.....but this should give you an Idea.
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    Wore the same lanyard on my greens.

    I was required to do a stint as a pro photographer for a year. The epaulettes kept my cameras on my shoulders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wizard of BC View Post

    Naval uniforms of old used epaulets to show rank.
    Dr Maturin:

    "I beg your pardon. You were speaking of wetting a swab."

    Jack Aubrey:

    "Oh, yes. It is a cant expression we have in the Navy. The swab is this" -patting his epaulette- "and when first we ship it, we wet it: that is to say, we drink a bottle or two of wine."

    "Indeed?" said Maturin with a civil inclination of his head. "A decoration, a badge of rank, I make no doubt? A most elegant ornament, so it is, upon my soul. But, my dear sir, have you not forgot the other one?"

    "Well," said Jack, laughing, "I dare say I shall put them both on, by and by."

    (edited with the actual quote, now that I have the book in front of me)
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    Carried away by the madness of fight, the English knight charged straight into the Spanish array. Here and there tossed the white plume of the English helmet, rising and falling like the foam upon a wave, until at last it had sunk from view, and another brave man had turned from war to peace.

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    I personally like them, especially on my old uniform. I recently had the honor of presenting my brother with a medal he never received while he was on active duty, and also presented him with his honorable discharge certificate that he never got. The ceremony was a total surprise to him and was done at his 70th birthday party. As a military retiree, I thought that for me to wear the uniform again for the presentation would be appropriate. My family thought so too. It was the first time I had worn the uniform since I retired in 1986. This particular uniform combination is no longer used by the US Air Force.

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