Re: Ribbons...to wear or not to wear
you can mandate it? No, not unless you a CC or higher the reason is simply unless in specfic roles of authority you cannot override a AFI in this caes AFI 36-2903 states what must be worn or what is optional this information can also be found in the PDG 36-2241 pg 417...
now with all that said Can you highly encourage them to wear them HELL YES YOU CAN!! And I would, if you got any pushback you can always mandate they wera service dress ( everything must be worn no option)
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