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Skip wrote at 2006-09-28 04:11:02
Actually, military do not wear hats inside unless carrying the flag or 'under arms' (carrying weapons).  Depending on the situation, the military stand at attention and do not salute or place hand over the heart.

But, (IMHO) the big picture is this:  If your Den/Pack intention is to show respect to the Flag, then that's what is important and it is really hard to do it wrong.  

Lanny wrote at 2006-10-12 06:31:58
An interesting question as to the military nature, or lack thereof, of the Boy Scout uniform. If one traces the origins of scouting all the way back to Ernest Thompson Seton, then, no, it was never intended to be a military uniform. But if one looks to Lord Baden-Powell's military background, as your troop appears to, then the scouts would salute, hats on, as described. Personally, I believe a distinction should be drawn between the uniforms of our sworn military forces and all other uniforms including those worn by professional athletes and Cub Scouts.

Alan wrote at 2011-02-16 19:48:20
The rule says that those in military uniforms should leave their hats on. . .HOWEVER. . . Military protocol also dictates that all hats are removed when indoors.  

Therefore, Military (and scouts) would not have a hat on during a flag ceremony indoors, but would be wearing hats outdoors.

Charley wrote at 2013-10-13 12:44:52
The military hat is actually referred to as a "cover," and it is never called a hat. There are specific military cover etiquette that applies to various situations, indoors, outdoors, when being saluted, when at a funeral and when flying in military aircraft.

Covers are not to be worn indoors. There are no exceptions to this etiquette rule. There is some confusion as to what is considered to be "indoors" and what is not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following locations are considered to be indoors and therefore a cover must not be worn: offices, hallways, mess halls, lobbies, kitchens, bathrooms, libraries, dwellings, inside airport terminals and subways. According to the CDC, airport terminals and subways can be considered indoors or outdoors and is a matter of preference.

Your scouter was probably enforcing that same sort of etiquette; I don't think that scouts has a hard and fast rule, as a whole.  

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