Courtesy Patrol cracks down at Schofield Barracks

Courtesy Patrol cracks down at Schofield Barracks

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (HawaiiNewsNow) - Armed with a folder of rules and regulations, the soldiers with CP in large red letters on their sleeves scour Schofield Barracks. The Courtesy Patrol is looking for infractions.

"Like mismatched attire, using Army combat type uniforms with civilian clothes," Courtesy Patrol member Lt. Teddy Agullana said.

One soldier might improperly salute a superior. Another may fail to remove or put on headgear at the right time. In either case, if a CP sees it a verbal correction is coming.

"All it is is a courtesy check. Everybody has a battle buddy. That's what it is. That's what we are," Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alford said.

Rules the Courtesy Patrol enforces also govern what can be worn by off-duty soldiers, their spouses and kids, and civilians when they're on base.

"Some things that are inappropriate for ladies to wear would be tops that expose their entire midriff or shorts that are extremely short," Sgt. Major Robert Parker said.

He heads up Schofield's courtesy detail. He said men are not allowed to wear baggy pants that reveal their underwear or shirts with profane slogans when they're on base..

Some agree with the policy, others don't.

"It just brings back old standards that the Army had and should have never lost," Staff Sgt. Alexis Santos said.

"Baggy shorts? I really don't care. I don't mind. Short shorts or tank tops? It's appropriate for me," soldier's spouse Yolanda Beverly said.

Repeated warnings for the same infraction can get a soldier disciplined.

"I think it's to uphold the professionalism of the Army. I'm all down for it," Agullana said.

"This is nothing more than a basic dress code," Parker said.

He said the Courtesy Patrol isn't a gotcha squad or fashion police, just verbal and visual reminders of what "right" looks like in the Army's eyes.

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