-- Always respond (RSVP) within 48 hours of receiving the invitation. The hostess has planning to do and needs to know who is coming. If you must decline it is considerate to include the reason, be honest. They will be happy you responded.
-- Never arrive early or bring children (unless specifically invited) or bring uninvited guest.
-- Know who the Host and Hostess are and their relationship to your spouse. Understand where the Host and your spouse fall Under the Chain of Command.
-- If it is a dinner and you have dietary restriction or allergy, inform the Hostess with your limitation or concerns along with a simplest solution or substitution so not to burden with special preparations. If the event is not in their home, as soon as you arrive the facility, excuse yourself to find the lead wait staff and have them inquire with the chef letting them know you will be happy with the appropriate substitution. Remember to tell them what table you are at.
TYPE OF EVENT
-- An invitation will always state what the occasion of the event will be.
-- If you are unsure of the meaning of the “Type of Event”. It is always okay to ask. It is best to be sure you are clear on what type of function you are going to attend such as Awards Ceremony, Change of Command, Summer Social or Holiday Party.
DRESS TO THE UNIFORM
-- Your choice of outfit should match the level of formality of the Uniform your spouse will wear or the role they have on the event.
-- For non-uniformed socials, always consider where it will be held and what local interpretation of attire is.
IDENTIFICATION OF MILITARY UNIFORMS
I. Daily Uniforms
-- Determine what colors are parts of the pattern on the military uniform. The Army’s combat uniform is a digitized pattern in a combination of olive, gray and light green. The Air force and the Navy use a digitized pattern consisting of several shades of blue, and the Marines Corps uses a digitized pattern of brown, olive, and light and dark greens. The US Coast Guard wears a solid blue, button down shirt with sold blue pants.
-- Read the branch tape on the service member’s uniform. The branch tape is located on the left chest of the upper uniforms of all military members. The branch tape shows “US Army”, “US Navy”, “US Marines”, “US Air Force”, or “US Coast Guard”.
-- Look at the service members boots. Army and Air Force personnel wear tan suede boots, while Marine Corps personnel wear olive boots. The Navy and Coast Guards service members are required to wear black boots.
II. Dress Uniforms
-- Determining the color of dress uniform, the Army’s class A uniform is in olive green and the dress uniform is in dark blue; each has gold rank insignia on the sleeves. The Marine Corps dress uniform is dark blue with red and gold rank insignia on the sleeves. The Navy’s dress uniform is all white. And the Air Force dress uniform is dark blue with white rank insignia on the sleeves. The US Coast Guard’s dress uniform is also dark blue with white rank insignia on the sleeves.
-- Identify the enlisted rank insignia on blue dress uniforms to determine the service members’ branch. Gold rank insignia is the hallmark of the US Army. Gold and red rank identifies a member of the Marine Corps. However, the Air Force and Coast Guards both have white rank insignia. Most of the Air Force rank insignia consist of upward-facing chevrons and the Coast Guards generally uses diagonal slashes to denote rank.