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Old Feb 1, 18, 12:49 pm
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Military Priority

Today, for the first time (on 2 different flights), I heard military folks given boarding priority along with folks with young children -- ahead of the various elite denominations. I'm not complaining - just noting that this seems to be a new policy.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 12:53 pm
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Today, for the first time (on 2 different flights), I heard military folks given boarding priority along with folks with young children -- ahead of the various elite denominations. I'm not complaining - just noting that this seems to be a new policy.
Yes, that happens. If necessary, adjust your behavior accordingly.
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Yes I noticed it on one of my two recent flights too.

I applaud this move by Delta...I am please to allow our military men and women board first!
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I noticed this was posted yesterday by OHDL1 in the "Moderator / Premature Evac" thread. Seems like it should have had its own thread!

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How it should be imo
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Originally Posted by ProfRB View Post
Today, for the first time (on 2 different flights), I heard military folks given boarding priority along with folks with young children -- ahead of the various elite denominations. I'm not complaining - just noting that this seems to be a new policy.
Outstanding. Now I won't have to get the stink eye because I did not offer up my FC seat to someone in the military. Bravo Delta, Bravo.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by davetravels View Post
I noticed this was posted yesterday by OHDL1 in the "Moderator / Premature Evac" thread. Seems like it should have had its own thread!

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29361873-post1816.html
With no ID checks required, I'm waiting for this to be abused. Compare to ESAs which at least require minimal documentation and cost.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 3:18 pm
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With no ID checks required, I'm waiting for this to be abused. Compare to ESAs which at least require minimal documentation and cost.
The 2 boarding calls I heard were for "active duty", so I would think they would be in uniform. Anyone know military protocol?
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Old Feb 1, 18, 3:28 pm
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The 2 boarding calls I heard were for "active duty", so I would think they would be in uniform. Anyone know military protocol?
Most military folks I know do not travel in uniform since drinking would be frowned upon.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by nogophers View Post
The 2 boarding calls I heard were for "active duty", so I would think they would be in uniform. Anyone know military protocol?
Generally travel should be in civilian clothes because you want to reduce your profile for personal security and opsec reasons. That said, I know that a lot of trainees tend to travel in uniform as do many that rotate to/from deployments.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 3:48 pm
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I have always heard over the gate intercom something to the effect of, "Any military in uniform. . ." etc. So this does not apply to us who are in civilian clothes. And over the years there has been more demand on the reserves and National Guard to assist Active Duty so there are more and more of us weekend warriors (not Active Duty) fulfilling our duty these days.

A couple notes on the wearing of the uniform from an Army perspective:

1. These traveling service members may be returning from a stint in the ME and are going home for the first time in many months, after a combination of several hardships (family separation for upwards of a year or more, living conditions, the food!!!!, bad guys), etc.
2. Service members also could be traveling to and from locations within the US but are required to wear the uniform based on unit policy.
3. In my 32 years of uniform wearing it is my experience that most of us would rather not be in uniform in such a public setting unless it was a group thing, or in my case sometimes, I'm in a rush and do not have time to change!

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Originally Posted by motytrah View Post
Most military folks I know do not travel in uniform since drinking would be frowned upon.
If on active duty, I thought service people had to be in uniform?
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I have always heard over the gate intercom something to the effect of, "Any military in uniform. . ." etc. So this does not apply to us who are in civilian clothes.

kaliimc: I just flew out of HNL Monday and the announcement was ".... military....in...or not in...uniform..."
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Last flight I heard ďall active duty, former
military, and veteransĒ so like all DL policies I am sure itís just up to the GA on what they feel like doing.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 5:12 pm
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When performing your duties

Originally Posted by DavidDTW View Post
If on active duty, I thought service people had to be in uniform?
then, yes, you are in the uniform of the day or something appropriate for what you are doing (e.g. UOD may be a short sleeve uniform but you need to go to a function where service dress is appropriate). I spent a significant part of my time (~25%) in civilian clothes.

My experience was that travel in civilian clothes was the norm. There was a time in the Air Force when traveling in uniform was mandated (the CSAF viewed it as a public engagement activity) but that did not last too long.
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