What is the proper way to wear ribbon bars and medals?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by Meat Eater, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Meat Eater

    Meat Eater MassCops Member

    I was asked a question that I couldn't answer. I was asked if a police officer should wear his medals and his ribbon bars at the same time. My department doesn't do medals or ribbon bars so I don't have any idea. I asked one of my coworkers who was in the Army. He said in the Army you either wear your ribbon bars or your medals. He said you don't wear them at the same time. Does anyone know the right way to wear them?
  2. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    Army regs say either medals or ribbons, not both at the same time. I can't speak for other branches, but I imagine it's the same.
  3. topcop14

    topcop14 Subscribing Member

    Ribbons, metals, what are those? Are they given for doing a good job and going the extra mile? If so thats why I don't know because reconizing an officer for a job well done doesn't happen anymore. Hell we don't even get letters in our files anymore. Opps correction we do get letters but they are never good. :mad:
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  4. USMCMP5811

    USMCMP5811 Administrator Staff Member

  5. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

  6. k12kop

    k12kop MassCops Member

    In full dress uniform medals are hung over the wearers left pocket, Unit citations, service ribbons, Combat Action Ribbon and other ribbons with no corresponding medal will be worn over wearers right pocket.
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  7. GARDA

    GARDA Subscribing Member

    Individual agencies will vary, here's an example: MSP P&P Gen. 02 Uniforms.jpg

    For years I opted not to wear my military ribbons or jump wings on my Dress LE uniform.
    I thought it was important to prove myself in my new profession and earn new ones.

    But then at the urging of far greater men than me, I now honor what I consider to be current & past 'duties', by displaying them on my Class "A" uniform.

    Some departments and supervisors are better than others at recognizing their "workers", but most quiet professionals care little about such things.

    Mark Twain may have said it best, "It is better to deserve honors and not have them, than to have them and not deserve them."
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  8. Meat Eater

    Meat Eater MassCops Member

    Thanks for the answers so far. So ribbon bars over the right pocket of a dress uniform and medals over or on the left pocket. My department doesn't do medals or ribbon bars. The only think in my jacket are complaints.:)
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  9. mtc

    mtc High Priestess Staff Member

    Then you're clearly doing it right!
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  10. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    "Men who carry rifles for a living do not seek reward outside the guild. The most cherished gift...is a nod from his peers."
  11. GARDA

    GARDA Subscribing Member

    A nod from your peers is the 2nd most cherished gift...
    Paying your bills with those skills is even better. :D

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  12. GuardTheGavel

    GuardTheGavel MassCops Member

    Just being able to take my vest off after every shift with no bullet holes in it is good enough of an award for me.
  13. BxDetSgt

    BxDetSgt MassCops Member

    Oh yeah bills, I was thinking of somthing else that you usually don't get from your peers, but it does involve some nodding, as being the greatest gift of all;)
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  14. Mr Scribbles

    Mr Scribbles Mr Scribbles44.blogspot.com

    Go for the swagger boys, always for the swagger:
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  15. Dan Stark

    Dan Stark Tears of a Clown

    We call that bobbing. ;)
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