I have an ongoing debate with a fellow servicemember about some various altercations I had with random NCO's that I've encountered over the past few months, involving military customs, particularly in the area of uniform wear. You can find the uniform wear regulation AR 670-1 here.
The debate stems from multiple customs that neither of us understand their limitation as being "unprofessional", such as:
1. Walking and smoking
2. Walking with hands in pockets
3. Walking with obects in mouth
4. Walking/running (pt) with headphones, or use of a wireless device (cellular phones)
Let me first being by posting the definition of the word professional.
1. following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain: a professional builder.
2. of, pertaining to, or connected with a profession: professional studies.
3. appropriate to a profession: professional objectivity.
4. engaged in one of the learned professions: A lawyer is a professional person.
5. following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime: a professional golfer.
6. making a business or constant practice of something not properly to be regarded as a business: “A salesman,” he said, “is a professional optimist.”
7. undertaken or engaged in as a means of livelihood or for gain: professional baseball.
8. of or for a professional person or his or her place of business or work: a professional apartment; professional equipment.
9. done by a professional; expert: professional car repairs.
10. a person who belongs to one of the professions, especially one of the learned professions.
11. a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs: a golf professional.
12. an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.
13. a person who is expert at his or her work: You can tell by her comments that this editor is a real professional.
If we take the first definition listed, it defines professional as someone who is payed to perform a task. The example given is a professional builder. A professional builder would portray qualities similar to that of a builder by wearing things such as a hard hat, overalls, gloves, tools, etc. Smoking while working would not be something far from his appearance as a builder, giving a professional appearance.
If we take the most appropriate definition of the word (pertaining to the military) #13, a subject matter expert (or SME as we call them). SME's can take on any appearance. Your expertise is not determined by your appearance, but by what actions you perform. I don't know about you but when I think about the actions the military perforns I don't think this
INSTEAD I think of this when I think military, because I am a member.
To elaborate even further, some professions, such as businessmen, crawling through the mud and killing people would be considered "unprofessional behaviour"... That is what a professional soldier does.
And SME's can take any shape as well, people who are EXPERTS don't necessarily mean suit and tie, as shown below:
So the question is, what is "unprofessional" about putting your hand in the pocket? It looks to me that "maintaining a professional appearance" could be any damn thing.
I am not disputing whether it is authorized or unauthorized (see AR 670-1) , I'm debating the logic of calling it professional. Stop making excuses for the fuckin rule, and MAKE THE FUCKIN RULE! Write it the fuck down, don't just say "its unprofessional." As I've established, professionalism is up for debate depending on the profession.
Professional appearance, is not a thing.
It is an abstract, a loose set of guidlines defined by your PROFESSION.
Now, debate and discourse.
I don't know about any of you, but this looks pretty mother fucking professional.
Mice scratching at the walls inside of your head.
This is a warning that my sig was too tall.
You could have sent me a PM or something.