CURRENTLY, Civil Air Patrol Regulation 39-1 Prohibits wear of the Air Force Style Service Dress Uniform at any event (i.e Military Funeral for a Veteran or someone who was KIA) UNLESS it's an Official Civil Air Patrol Activity (which is only the case IF Civil Air Patrol's presence/participation is requested).
Personally, as not only a member of the Patriot Guard Riders who has attended COUNTLESS funerals for Veterans, and 7 Funerals for Heroes who were Killed In Action, 2 of whom were from Vietnam - 1 of whom was an Air Force Major shot down 38 years ago and been listed as MIA since - as well as that of my 3rd Cousin who was KIA 10 March, 2008 in Service, but also as a Blue Star family member, I feel this regulation needs to be changed to allow us to wear our Service Dress at a Military funeral for a Veteran or Hero who was Killed In Action. I have started an online petition to get this changed.
A good friend of mine who used to be a CAP C/SrAmn. just mentioned this to me: "they say in CAP regs that we shall render honors to retired officers and recipients of the Congressional Medal Of Honor and other awards for heroism in combat, but they do not wish us to wear Service Dress Uniform which seems more honorable to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and served our country in combat.
Therefore the current regulations and courtesies they have taught us do not apply,therefore the current set of regs needs to be reviewed and changed to allow us to so honor those fallen whether at a Civil Air Patrol event or a military funeral or memorial service, regardless if Civil Air Patrol's presence/participation has been requested. Therefore I humbly ask for a review by current members of headquarters group Civil Air Patrol to change this so we can so honor our fallen properly.
Through current customs and courtesies taught by Civil Air Patrol, the current regulations are therefore undermining the member's ability to render honors to those who so rightfully deserve it. The Civil Air Patrol is not a branch of the Armed Forces but we do fall under The Dept of the Air Force, and therefore that makes all customs and courtesies of that branch applicable to those members of the USAF Auxiliary."
yeah, I realize that posting this here could very well lead to a heated discussion, but hey as long as we can keep it civil I'm all for it! I've talked to SEVERAL people about this who aren't even in CAP OR the Military, and so far everyone has agreed with me. This change does need to be made.