Formal Dining-In Handbook
ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY FORT BLISSTX
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Some units within the Army still conduct the traditional Dining-In, but, like many social customs and traditions, it has generally slipped into disuse. Those units that do conduct the Dining-In frequently follow their own procedure, since there is no single reference document in the Army which deals with the subject in-depth. This booklet is intended to act as a ready-reference, and a guide, in an area that offers limitless opportunity to add to tradition and improve morale and esprit de corps--that of the Formal Dining-In. The roots of Dining-Ins are in the British officers mess system. However, Dining-Ins are appropriate to and have been conducted by offices and noncommissioned officers alike. Some units also have combined mess nights. In this vein, the terms officer, noncommissioned officer, members of the mess, presiding officer or official, are used interchangeably to apply to any grade. Contents Background on British Regimental Mess Background on US Regimental Mess Standards for Dining-In Etiquette.
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