The issue of the wearing of the MOLLUS membership medal by United States military personnel on their military uniform has been an issue that has been continually questioned. The purpose of this webpage is to address this issue.
In simple terms, the right to wear badges of military societies (including that of the MOLLUS) comes from Title 10, USC, Section 1123 (a) (General Military Law Subt. A, Ch.57 Decorations and Awards).
This issue was referenced in an article by Companion Earl MacPherson in the Fall 1996 issue of the Loyal Legion Historical Journal. Presented below is the actual text of this law..
10 USC Sec. 1123 -EXPCITE- TITLE 10 - ARMED FORCES Subtitle A - General Military Law PART II - PERSONNEL CHAPTER 57 - DECORATIONS AND AWARDS -HEAD- Sec. 1123. Right to wear badges of military societies -STATUTE- (a) A member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps who is a member of a military society originally composed of men who served in an armed force of the United States during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, or the Chinese Relief Expedition of 1900 may wear, on occasions of ceremony, the distinctive badges adopted by that society. (b) A member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps who is a member of the Army and Navy Union of the United States may wear, on public occasions of ceremony, the distinctive badges adopted by that society. -SOURCE- (Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 88.)
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