Scottish American Military Society, Fort Worth-Dallas Post 1845
Purpose: The purpose of this regulation is to establish a reasonable code of dress for the members of SAMS, Post 1845. It is intended to be a guideline for the wear of U.S. or foreign articles of uniform and decorations when The Post 1845 member is kilted, or in any way representing SAMS and or the Post. If you are wearing or displaying any SAMS identification, you are representing SAMS.
Introduction: Post members are encouraged to buy a copy of Mr. J. Charles Thompson's book So You’re Going to Wear The Kilt.
There are 3 unique problems in regards to a complete and universal SAMS uniform.
1. There is no SAMS Quartermaster Central Issue Facility. Therefore SAMS cannot issue out a uniform.
2. Most SAMS members will want to wear a kilt in their Clan's Tartan. Other SAMS members will want to wear a kilt to reflect another more personal affiliation to a particular society, branch of military service, or some 'specialty tartan'.
3. Cost. Each member is responsible for the expense of their uniform as well as their acquisition. Kilts, Price Charlie Jackets, and other items are expensive.
This makes a complete and common uniform impossible!
The driving concept of The Post's uniform is that: 'if The Post-member were on Active Duty in, and assigned to, an American/Scottish Highland military unit' this is what the uniform would be. Additionally the Post uniform must be easily identified as a uniquely American/Scottish military uniform.
Appropriate Dress: Whether daywear or eveningwear is appropriate is determined by the degree of formality of the occasion, not by the clock. 'Daywear' in the civilian context is 'Service Dress' in the military. 'Evening Wear' is termed 'Full Dress' or ‘Mess Dress’ in the military.
Service dress is appropriate for all but formal occasions where a tuxedo or full dress Civilian/military attire would be required.
Full Dress: Full Dress will consist of either a black Prince Charlie, or a military Mess Dress Jacket of the Post-member's branch of service with other accessories as covered below. Additionally, ladies have the choice of wearing a formal evening dress with tartan sash, and appropriate footwear.
Kilt: Service Dress and Full Dress. A member may wear any kilt of his/her service, clan, regiment or region of Scottish origin or appropriate “general” tartan. When a member wears their kilt, he/she should keep in mind the circumstances (formal, Field, dance, etc.) and dress with the appropriate accessories. It should also be noted that Kilts in the 'Hunting colors' are considered inappropriate by some in Formal Dress.
Ladies may wish to wear a 'hostess length tartan skirt', in lieu of the kilt in Full Dress.
Footwear: Black hose and red flashes of the appropriate pattern, and material should be worn befitting the formality of the occasion. Skean dhu is encouraged. Plain black leather shoes will be worn for Service Dress occasions or Full Dress. However, black patent leather with or without silver buckles may be worn in Full Dress. Traditional Ghillies and military corfams may also be worn in Full Dress. Such footgear as sneakers, sandals running shoes, and jungle or combat boots are not authorized wear except for valid medical reasons. (Diced hose and spats are not authorized for Post 1845 wear).
Belt: Plain black leather. The belt should be approximately two inches wide with military, clan, or other appropriate buckle. Females may choose to wear a narrower belt. Military web belts of olive green or olive drab may be worn with military 'Ike/Eisenhower' jacket, shirt, or as considered appropriate for the occasion. (white belts are not appropriate).
Sporran: Plain black leather in keeping with the color of the shoes and belt is suggested for day wear. All leather items are to be black. Fur or silver decorated black leather is recommended for evening wear. The regimental (horsehair) sporran is authorized for all Post-members in Full Dress and Post musicians in Service Dress.
Side Arms: In keeping with both Scottish and military historical tradition, virtually any edged side arm is appropriate for wear at the waist. However, it must be noted that some Festivals and Highland Games are wary of such weaponry.
Shirt: The military style khaki shirt with epaulets. Either long or short sleeved by season or preference. The Post Quartermaster will have an approved suppler for these shirts in the interest of Post uniformity.
Over dress: Will be military in nature and appropriate to the season and weather, i.e. Inverness capes in in-climate weather. “woolly pully” sweaters,or Ike jackets in cold weather. Again, the Post Quartermaster will have contact information for approved suppliers of Eisenhower Jackets for the Post-member's purchase. British battle dress jackets are suggested as an acceptable alternative to the 'Ike' jacket. Fatigue, utility, and camouflage jackets will not be worn.
Tie: A plain black tie will be worn any time the Eisenhower ('Ike') jacket or British Battledress jacket is worn. A bow-tie will be worn in Full Dress.
Ribbons and Badges: Authorized ribbons, metals, specialty and/or qualification badges may be worn in accordance with the manner prescribed for the member’s service branch in keeping with the formality of dress. Miniature medals will be reserved for formal occasions with the Prince Charlie or Mess Dress Jacket.
In keeping with uniform regulations of all of the branches of the armed services commemorative military metals, ribbons and devices, civilian patches, emblems, etc. are not to be worn on military dress: this would include piping/drumming awards. This rule does not apply to the use of Scottish clan or other emblems on the bonnet, belt, kilt pin, skean dhu, etc. when worn with military dress.
Members not currently on active duty or drill-status reserves should not wear grade (rank) insignia. We are a rankless society. Active duty or active reserve members may wear their shirts/jackets in accordance with their service’s regulations and in this case, worn “sterile,” i.e., no SAMS patches or badges.
SAMS Patch and Badges: The SAMS patch is the official designation of active membership in the Society. For Members not on active duty or drill-status reserves, the patch should be worn centered on the left shoulder, one-half inch below the shoulder seam with the 'Post rocker'. If a member has served in combat such that a 'combat patch' would be authorized, this patch is encouraged to be worn on the right sleeve, one-half inch below the shoulder seam. One the outer garment, two SAMS Tie Tack pins will be worn on the Service Dress uniform on the collars. Two SAMS enameled pins will be worn on the epaulets. Elected Officers will wear the Enameled pins over green felt 'leadership tabs'.
Headgear: The black Glengarry with white hackle will be worn for Full Dress occasions with the SAMS 'Clan' Crest Badge. The black beret with Post 1845 Texas Blue Bonnet Tartan rosette flash and SAMS 'Clan' Crest Badge will be worn for Service Dress occasions. Helmet liners, current issue military caps or hats are inappropriate except for medical necessity.
Service Dress Recruiting Uniform: At non-formation events, such as hosting a SAMS tent, enjoying Festivals, Highlands Games, and other functions as determined by the Post Commander, members may wear the organizational berets, Distinctive Unit Insignia, and Regimental regalia that they wore when on active duty, or in the reserves. Members’ military 'collar brass' as worn when on active duty may be worn with the SAMS Service Dress uniform on the collar. The Distinctive Unit Insignia, (or Regimental Shields), may be worn on the epaulets. IAW Paragraph above Ribbons and Badges. Again, no rank is to be worn.
No member may wear eagle feathers unless authorized by the Lord Lyon, King of Arms.
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