“The Uniform.”

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There are many types of uniforms from school, scouts, military, civil service, and their omnipresence is visually striking capturing the attention of everyone.

Uniforms are clothing representing an organization, a team, and for many who look upon, raising moral standards and expectations with respect.

The optical sight of a uniform can have a negative and for many a positive effect, but it is the person within their uniform, their character, that is never known.

Far too many seek to wear a uniform as a sign of strength and respect feeding their ego while never understanding the importance of respect, sacrifice, and their character.

The first uniform worn by many is either a Boy or Girl Scout uniform, and before each meeting, their oaths are recited as a reminder of what their uniform means.

Words like honor, duty, being your best, obeying the laws, and maintaining your body physically and mentally are the foundation for respecting the uniform and thyself.

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3 thoughts on ““The Uniform.”

  1. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, high school ROTC and then, after college, the police department. Our police academy was a “shirt and tie” class. We didn’t get uniforms until graduation. But two weeks shy of our graduation a young officer was attacked and the attacker wrested the officers revolver from him and inflicted a fatal wound. We wore our uniforms for the first time to the funeral. A scene etched into my mind for the rest of my career. It took over forty years but I decided to express my depth of feelings about the terrible crime and wrote a modernized fictional version about it in SIDE SLIP, the latest of my crime novels. Oh, and we recruits had not been to the range yet so they issued us revolvers but no ammunition. With hundreds of “real” cops all around us we were well protected. The uniforms went back into our lockers for another two weeks and the pistols back to the armorer until we went to the range.

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    1. Mike. I empathize and understand your academy experiences.
      I was sworn in at the court house, given a weapon, with 18-rounds, uniforms and rode for three months before the academy. In the academy we wore blue utilities. Weapons training along with the driving range were the last two weeks of the academy. Within two years, Northern VA had three in the line of duty deaths in Manassas and Alexandria city VA and then several years later my department Prince William Co had our own. Those events will be forever etched into my mind. You stay safe and hike those hills and mountains when the body heals. 🙂

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