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My friend who is a LTC in the Army will be going on a cruise with me this next year. He has the Army Dinner Jacket/Officer Dress Mess and wants to wear it on the formal night. It rivals the Tux and is very nice looking and (he looks great in it - I might add). Is this acceptable? We will be sailing out of Tampa, and I figure that most everyone on board will be American and used to seeing soldiers in uniform, but I dont want to cause a "stir".
Since your friend is on active duty and thus entitled to wear his uniform, it is most certainly appropriate that he should do so.
And the so-called "mess dress" uniform is the uniform that corresponds to a civilian dinner jacket ("black tie") outfit or tuxedo, and thus is the proper uniform to wear for the "formal" evenings.