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Diamond Tips: Cause bracelets

Posted 6/23/2010   Updated 6/23/2010 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Master Sgt. Timothy Smith
628th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant

6/23/2010 - JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C -- Have you ever noticed those trendy and colorful bracelets people wear on their wrists? Talk about a conversation starter.

Generally made from rubber or plastic, each of these bracelets tells a different story, and chances are, you'll be enlightened after you hear the person's story as to why they're wearing that colorful band on their wrist.

In fact, even the same bracelet or band worn by two different people will most likely have totally different stories and testimonies as to why they are being worn.

As interesting and personal as these stories are, did you also know that Air Force Instruction 36-2903 has something to say about them? In Table 2.6, Clothing/Accessory Standards, these bracelets espousing support for a cause, philosophy, individual or group are not authorized in uniform.

However, traditional metallic prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action bracelets remain authorized. These metallic bracelets are available in silver, bronze, or gold, as well as a variety of other colors. Table 2.6 in AFI 36-2903 lists additional guidance for the proper wear of the bracelets while in uniform.

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