A reordering of the Uniform is long overdue. We have lost touched, and yet tenaciously held to our military history and as such now have a uniform that reflects a hodgepodge of pseudo militarism and profane fraternalism. In short our uniforms no longer look sharp. For this reason I recommend 4 uniforms authorized for wear within our Commandies. “ 4 you say the chapeau alone is killing me” well bear with me, the idea is that a commandry has the option of which one of the 4 they wish to employ, and they are the Battle Dress Uniform (BDUs), the Working Uniform w/o bridge coat, Dress Uniform w/o Bridge coat, and lastly the dinner dress.
The Battle Dress Uniform
The Working Uniform
The working uniform is basically a less extravagant version of the dress uniform with a shorter coat, Fatigue Hat in place of the chapeau, and the removal of the sword and sword belt. In addition the medals would be abbreviated to ribbons on a bar, with the addition of military awards being added and the “Military Veterans Bar Pin” being removed all together.
The Full Dress Uniform
The full dress uniform would include the longer Frockcoat with double breasted gold Templar buttons and high collar, the ceremonial belt/ sword and chapeau would also be worn also worn. The problem with the chapeau is that is only looks good with certain kinds of clothing and sadly the short Naval Officer’s blazer that we see it with today looks like a horrible mismatch. This uniform should also be worn with full size medals.
Our current jewels look large, gaudy, and to be quite honest some of them look cheap. If we were to make the them same size and quality of current military medals they could be mounted for a much more professional look.
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Also, we are an order of chivalry are we not? Why not modify the Knights Templar Baldric Jewel into a breast star to be worn below the masonic and military awards.
The Dinner Dress Uniform
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Dinner dress uniforms are modifications of service dress blue or service dress white uniforms, with the service ribbons and breast insignia replaced by miniature medals and miniature breast insignia. Additionally, officers wear an evening shirt and black bow tie with dinner dress blue.
Tropical dinner dress blue incorporates service dress blue trousers, summer white (short sleeve) shirt, an appropriate cummerbund, and miniature medals and breast insignia.
An additional uniform, formal dress (white tie), is optional for all officers, but may be prescribed for Grand Officers and above. This uniform is worn as an equivalent to civilian white tie dress. It is almost identical to the dinner dress blue jacket, except a wing collar shirt, white waistcoat, and white tie are worn. A formal blue tailcoat may also be prescribed.
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The Optional Bridge Coat could serve as a wonderful addition to the Knights Templar Uniform, not only as an overcoat but it could also be authorized for civilian/profane use in order to help vindicate the additional cost. In this scholar’s perfect world the gold Navy Buttons would be replaced with Knights Templar Buttons, and the epaulets would be replaced with Templar Shoulder boards of the Sir-Knights rank. The sleeves could even reflect the Sir Knights former military rank with embroidery of the same color as the bridge coat for a subdued indication of past service.
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