Sorry came across slightly wrong as the above poster alludes. Not all Civvies are 'mongs' just to clarify! I am referring to those people running around all badged up to the nines with various insignia that they haven't' earned.
Mack - Sure, most cap badges/insignia/rank that Joe Public are aware of take a lot of training to earn and therefore it irks me greatly that people think they they can just slap it on.
Also, technically the Uniforms Act is still in force so wearing uniform you are not entitled to is a criminal offence, but obviously not enforced.
SamG - That's precisely the sort of thing I am on about I am afraid. As an ACF instructor fine, wear it then but once you are out, no. You may have been badged PWRR but never completed basic Infantry training or served with the Regt proper, therefore I don't believe you should wear it.
But as with anything opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.
Back to the topic and I will shut up.
Wearing the uniform is not an offence. trying to pass yourself off would be the offence.
I say when playing soldiers who cares?
Not that someone claiming Parachute Wings or a Green Beret or wearing an SAS badge wouldn't look a tit.
Thousands of people regularly dress up in uniforms and insignia as part of a Re-enactment group and they even give themselves ranks, even award themselves Commissions.
No one complains about that but they are just as much playing soldiers as an Airsofter
A very interesting and very emotive topic, for all who concerned, the UK uniform act is a slightly woolly piece of legislation, but the intent and spirit of it is designed to criminalise those who would seek to gain from the impersonation of someone entitled to wear a uniform.
In the US, they have the "Stolen Valor" (American spelling, sorry!) Act which is specifically aimed at "Walts" passing themselves off as something they're not.
Ours is a game/hobby/sport and is participated in by all of us for many different reasons but the aim of it all is fun. Simple.
If you want to wear something because you have a link, either personally, or via a relative or organisation, fine. If you want to wear it because it looks cool, fine.
If you try to pass yourself off as a steely eyed ninja SF super warrior and underwater knife fighting instructor from the 314th Mobile Mess tin repair unit (bath and laundry division) then don't be surprised if some people (ok, yes Me!!) fall about laughing!
No one has ever accused me of trying to be a rock star or being Billy Joe Armstrong because I wear a green day t shirt! (and if you heard me sing, you'd know why!!).