Editor’s note: Blue flyers (see previous page) depicting the policy for off-duty attire have been placed in facilities throughout this military installation. Anyone violating the policy will be denied service at that facility. The following text provides additional information about the flyers.
1. What prompted this policy?
Not one single act prompted this policy; it was an accumulative violation of discipline and individual pride. For Soldiers, pride in appearance reflects the commitment to master skills that define them as experts. For community members, being stationed at Fort Irwin provides a unique opportunity to create not only a community of choice, but an enriched atmosphere where we can be proud to work, live and raise a Family.
2. Is this an entirely new or an update to a policy that already existed?
Having a unified appearance is nothing new to the Army. We are all part of something bigger. Yes, the Army wants you to set yourself apart and do great things, but that does not mean wearing clothing that draws attention to you, the individual. Our installation and community should strive to create a culture conducive to professional development.
3. Does this policy only apply to facilities that show the flyer or does it pertain to the entire installation?
This policy pertains to all indoor facilities besides the Auto Craft Shop. It’s understandable that you’re not going to wear your best clothes prior to changing the oil in your vehicle. This will take a little common sense. It makes sense to wear swimming attire when at the pool.
4. What are the consequences for violators of this policy?
Facility managers have been directed to deny service to anyone violating the posted policy.
5. What is the goal of this policy and how does it correlate with Army values?
Respect, in the Soldier’s Code, is defined as treating “others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same.” When it comes to off-duty attire, what might be offensive to you may be just normal clothing to some. It takes discipline to be a professional, and to be a professional it’s a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week way of life. Bottom line – this was the right decision to make. Army professionals must choose to serve daily according to the profession’s ethic and values, not only on post, but off the installation to maintain the trust of the American people.