Whether in combat or far from the fighting zone, soldiers and sailors are required to wear special clothing. Uniforms are designed with both purpose and climate in mind. They vary by activity, rank, and service, and their presence speaks to the wearer’s status and activity. In full dress blues, a general’s uniform announces his rank and accomplishments, commanding respect. Donning a uniform also imparts tremendous responsibility to the wearer as a representative of the U.S. military.

Each service branch has its own uniforms and regulations regarding their usage. These rules dictate who wears what type of uniform, when the uniform can be worn, and how it is to be worn (e.g., shirts tucked in, with undergarments). Codes also prescribe appropriate behavior when in uniform. Additionally, the ...

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