We posted on Friday night the seemingly unbelievable story that the Marine Corps has told its recruiters to stop wearing uniforms as it weighs new security measures post Chattanooga.
Here’s more on the ban from the Marine Corps Times:
Defense Secretary Ash Cater approved immediate steps taken by the military branches to increase security and has told the services to get back to him by the end of next week with additional force protection measures, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement on Friday.
The steps were taken just a day after a gunman attacked two military facilities in Chattanooga, leaving four Marines and one sailor dead. Suspected gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was killed in the attacks on a joint-service recruiting station and a nearby Navy Operational Support Center.
One of the steps Carter approved was Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s decision to have recruiters not wear their military uniforms for now, a defense official said. The recruiting command also closed down all offices within 40 miles of the facilities in Chattanooga and increased the force protection condition level from “Bravo” to “Charlie.”
Although nobody told this 5-year-old boy that he shouldn’t wear his uniform as he paid his respects to the 5 servicemembers killed in the attack: