Getting It Right: U.S. Military – Service Uniforms

kathy rowe bdusOur last episode discussed combat uniforms. Today we move on to my least favorite uniform: service uniform. Okay, I joined the Air Force so I could wear camouflage. I’ve always thought it was cool looking. And in my 20 years, I wore it a lot — and loved it. But when it came time to “dress up,” I was less than excited. Military service uniforms have a reputation of being ill-fitting, hot, uncomfortable, and downright costly.

Most services have three variations: a service uniform, a service dress uniform, and a mess dress uniform. What’s the difference, you ask? It all depends on how formal you need to look. A service uniform is considered “office” type clothing. You wear this uniform when working in non-dirty jobs like personnel and admin, finance, and public relations. The basic uniform consists of a hat, shirt (short or long-sleeved), nametag, tie or tab (sometimes optional), slacks (trousers), belt, and dress shoes. Depending on the branch of service, you may be required to wear your ribbons on a service uniform. Most services other than the USAF call their service uniform “Class B’s.” Continue reading “Getting It Right: U.S. Military – Service Uniforms”

Vote for the Next Flash Fiction Champ!

Champ1Are you ready to rumble? That’s right, it’s time once again to make your choice for the flash fiction challenge.

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which story gets your vote this week?

  • Yvonne Hertzberger (31%, 9 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (24%, 7 Votes)
  • The Purple Helmet (21%, 6 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Lois Nelsen Lewandowski (7%, 2 Votes)
  • MathoSka (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Morgan Winters (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Ian Mathie (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Morris (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

June Releases

Just in time for Father’s Day, here are some hot new books to give to Dad on his special day.

Holes in Space cover 120x177Holes in Space by Andrea Barbosa

Love, passion, lust, heartbreak, desolation, loneliness, and celebration are some of the themes captured in this poetry collection.

Holes in Space is available is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon UK.

Legacy Overload cover 120x177Legacy: Overload by Warren Murphy & Gerald Welch

A figure from Sunny Joe’s past seeks revenge by hiring Stone and Freya for a video game. There are no cheat codes … and death is for real!

Legacy: Overload is available on and Amazon UK.

AfterTheSuckerPunch 120x177After the Sucker Punch by Lorraine Devon Wilke

Finding her deceased father’s journal and discovering he thought she was a failure sends a shattered daughter into existential free fall.

After the Sucker Punch is available from and Amazon UK.

harry danced divinely 120x177Harry Danced Divinely by Marian D. Schwartz

7 gracious homes on Giffort Street have secrets; one drives an elderly Jewish woman to teach her spoiled adult son a shocking public lesson.

Harry Danced Divinely is available at, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

Prince of Malorn 120x177Prince of Malorn by Annie Douglass Lima

Regent Rampus wants Prince Korram dead. Can Korram recruit an army of elusive Mountain Folk and claim his rightful throne?

Prince of Malorn is available through Amazon, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.