By Dennis Dufrene,


There is one thing that the all armies appear to have no shortage of; and that is rules.


Talk to anyone who has ever enlisted and they will tell you that the military has a rule for everything or at least it seems that way. Some rules make sense.


Some rules may not make as much sense, but are based on tradition. However, there are some that exist where it is really hard to ascertain why or for what purpose. Below are eight army regulations that may surprise you.


The First Four




The medals associated with the Philippine Defense are “ribbons”. Those awarded with the Philippine Medal were awarded for their service against the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941 and 1942. The ribbon was created in 1944, but a medal was commissioned in 1945. However, the military only allows the ribbon to be worn on the uniform.




The deployment regulation states, “Typically PROFIS personnel will be identified for PDS requirements at least 120 days prior to any deployment to ensure training and preparation time is adequate.” (2) However, this training and preparation often does not occur until about two weeks before deployment.


No Hands in the Pockets


Army Regulation r670-1 states, “While in uniform, personnel will not place their hands in their pockets, except momentarily to place or retrieve objects.” (3) This rule has more to do with the look of professionalism and discipline. However, it is not unheard of for some officers to allow the soldiers to place their hands in their pockets in the event of cold weather.


Drip Pans


Drip pans are required under all tactical vehicles when parked. Appendix H reads, “Parked tactical vehicles must have drip pans placed under the vehicle at all time to catch any fuel or oil dripping from the vehicles.” (4) Many enlisted believe that this regulation is overkill, especially when a number of civilian vehicles are being driven around daily with oil leaks of their own.



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