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Is it acceptable to place your hands in your pocket while in Uniform?

I recently was told that the only time it is acceptable to have your hand in your pocket is when you are instructing. Can you shed some light on this for me?

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I have never heard that military legend before.  I don’t recall being allowed to place my hands in my pocket as an Instructor.  I would have gotten hammered for being unprofessional.

Maybe he was just joking with a straight face.  The correct answer can be found in AR 670-1 specifically:

EXTRACT OF AR 670-1, paragraph 1–9. Uniform appearance and fit

a(3)…  while in uniform, personnel will not place their hands in their pockets, except momentarily to place or retrieve objects…


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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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