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Topic: Does anyone know?

Wed 11/14/2012 11:51a
I have a son in the Army and he's coming home in January (yea) and we're planning on going to DL for two days. My daughter told me that if he shows in up uniform that he would get in for free...does anyone know if this is correct?
Wed 11/14/2012 12:34p
Doesn't sound right.
Wed 11/14/2012 12:41p
I think this is the current military offer:
Wed 11/14/2012 12:42p
That is not correct, they do offer discount rates for military. Please do not have him show up in inform, it's against regulation anyways...
Wed 11/14/2012 12:43p
^^ the free tickets was back in '09.
Wed 11/14/2012 1:33p
Off topic a bit, but...

I see uniformed service members in Disneyland quite a bit. but mostly Marines from Camp Pendleton. However, the US Marines still require their Marines to wear Dress Blue Charlies, which is sort of the USMC "Business Casual" look. This is what a Marine generally wears to Disneyland with his/her family or friends, the Marine on the far left of this photo... http://chuksblog.files.wordpre...eiii.jpg

But what a Marine NEVER wears in public (aside from commuting to/from base), especially at Disneyland, is their Battle Dress Uniform. That's the stereotypical camo uniform that they wear to work in the field, or in actual battle environments in combat.

However, the US Army, in an odd bit of loosening standards, recently declared that their version of a Battle uniform is now acceptable to be worn in public. There is no longer a version of "Business Casual" that a Soldier would wear to Disneyland or in public, unlike Marines or Sailors or Airmen. The result is that US Army Soldiers are now seen wearing their Battle uniforms in public routinely, and I've seen several at Disneyland in recent years.

Here's the far more casual Battle uniform that Army Soldiers now wear to places like Disneyland if they choose to.

Previously, an Army Soldier going to Disneyland in uniform would have worn the Army version of USMC Dress Charlies, AKA the Army's "Business Casual" look for casual appearances in public places like Disneyland.

I find it a bit disturbing that the US Army now allows their Soldiers to wear the far more casual, and frankly warlike, Battle uniforms in public. I read somewhere that the Army did away entirely with their semi-formal uniform all together, which is why Soldiers are left to wear the Battle uniforms in public now.

The Marine Corpe, US Navy, and US Air Force have not gone to the lowered and more casual standards for public appearances that the Army now does. Which is why Marines show up routinely at Disneyland wearing Dress Charlies.

So.... It would be best for a Soldier to not wear their Battle uniform to Disneyland. It just looks... not right.

And, on top of that, Disneyland does not now nor have they ever given free admission to servicemen and women in uniform. There are discounted Disneyland tickets available at the Morale & Welfare Office at most bases, however.

Wed 11/14/2012 1:36p
Third paragraph from bottom should have read "The Marine Corps", instead of the misspelled version I sloppily hit post on.

My old USMC Drill Instructor is yelling at me very loudly from heaven right now.
Wed 11/14/2012 2:20p
I second that last suggestion - the MWR desk on base is the place to go.
Wed 11/14/2012 4:22p
"Disneyland does not now nor have they ever given free admission to servicemen and women in uniform"

except for what leemac said
Wed 11/14/2012 4:24p
Off-topic: on Veterans' Day (the real one, i.e., this past Sunday, walking through the Exposition Park Rose Garden towards the California Science Center (I had a ticket to see the Endeavour there, in its temporary exhibit building), I spotted a marine sergeant in dress blues. Acknowledged his presence with a nod and a muttered "Semper Fi."

My dad was a Marine. Served his entire tour of duty in peacetime, working in a supply warehouse at 29 Palms. Nice assignment if you can get it: it beats getting shot at, and you have the privilege of telling people who outrank you where to go and what to do. It all happened some years before I was born.

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