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Wear of ANU Badges

posted Jun 24, 2014, 8:40 PM by Dean Dyer   [ updated Jun 24, 2015, 6:50 AM ]
(a) A member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps who is a member of a military society originally composed of men who served in an armed force of the United States during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, or the Chinese Relief Expedition of 1900 may wear, on occasions of ceremony, the distinctive badges adopted by that society.
(b) A member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps who is a member of the Army and Navy Union of the United States may wear, on public occasions of ceremony, the distinctive badges adopted by that society.

The regulations for each service on this varies (as you'll see below) but the law authorizes it for all services except the U.S. Coast Guard.  The law was originally passed in 1894 and again in 1907 when the ANU removed the word "Regular" from their name.

US Army
per AR 670-1, para 22-12, dtd 31 Mar 2013

The Army recognizes the law appropriately.


US Navy

The Navy specifies that one must be attending a function of the ANU to be able to wear the badge.


US Marine Corps
per MCO P1020.34G, 5103, dtd 31 Mar 2003

The Marine Corps specifies that one must be attending a function of the ANU to be able to wear the badge...along with some other confusing rules.


US Air Force
The Air Force's uniform reg, AFI 36-2903, dtd 1 Mar 2013, no authorization to wear any society awards or badges.

US Coast Guard
per COMDTINST M1650.25D, dtd 5 May 2008, no authorization to wear any society awards or badges.
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