Are you special?
Its off duty, therefore, do what you want.
As long as its not to an official function, common sense will prevail.
If you want to prance around pretending to be pat butcher with dangly earrings at the weekend, that is your business.
I didnt say an official function was off duty.
As you have checked up on the regulations already and there is no official word, Therefore I think you have answered your own question, just as the first poster to respond pointed out to you.
as I said common sense will prevail.
Off Duty, do what you like (without affecting the values and standards blah blah)
On duty, keep to within the regulations, quite simple I would have thought.
Perhaps more information would be of benefit.
Does Soldier James want to become soldier Jane on Saturday night?
Does young soldier want to wear a stud in his ear when visiting the NAAFI?
The fashion of men wearing ear rings came up sometime around 1985 in 1 R HAMPS.
The RSM said no to all, but the CO was more flexible about it. He stated two categories of personnel could wear them:
1. Gypsies. Any solder who was a gypsy could wear an ear ring off duty. As we had none this was not a problem.
2. Pirates. Any soldier who claimed to be a pirate would also be allowed to wear one off duty. However, CO also clearly stated that such soldiers would be handed over to the RN for hanging from the nearest yard arm.
Mind you in those days if one of the lads was seen wearing an ear ring down town he was normally given severe sh1t from everyone else for dressing up like a poof. Of course these days things are different.
Had a situation in Deepcut not too long back where my mate (we'll call him Bob) went down town for a pint. He had ear rings in both ears (not my bag but each to his own). We walked into the guard room to book out, to be greeted by a smarmy tw*t behind the desk telling Bob to take his earrings out. Bob said no, the guard bod got rather loud and shirty, taking Bob's name rank and number and reported it to the training staff of the course we were on. It was mentioned in front of everyone the next day, rather casually, and left at that.
Nothing came of it in the end, which led me to believe that the vindictive b*stards had trawled through all manner of regs and standing orders to try and pin him with something.