June 1, 2017
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Background

Background

Despite a reputation for prescribing in detail the "correct" way to do things, the U.S. Army does not appear to have a general regulation or manual on weddings. However, there may be instructions for chaplains conducting marriage ceremonies. See the following unofficial guides to military weddings, which describe customs and "proper" procedures:
  1. Shea, Nancy. The Army Wife. NY: Harper, 1941. pp. 44-68. U766S5.
  2. Wier, Ester. Army Social Customs. Harrisburg, PA: Mil Ser Pub, 1958. pp. 39-41. U766W47.
On naval wedding customs, see the lengthy chapter in Service Etiquette, 2d ed, by Brooks J. Harrad, et al (Annapolis, MD.: US Naval Inst, 1963; U766M2), pp. 366-396.

Additional info on customs associated with military weddings appears in these following non-official guidebooks:
  1. Boatner, Mark M., III. Military Customs and Traditions. NY: McKay, 1956. pp. 160-161. RefColl.
  2. Moss, James A. Officers' Manual. 2d & 9th eds. Menasha, WS: Banta, 1907 & 1943. pp. 240-241 & pp. 88-89, respectively. U133M92.
  3. _________. Noncommissioned Officers' Manual. Menasha, WS: Banta, 1916. pp. 382-383. U123M91.
  4. _________. Origin and Significance of Military Customs. Menasha, WS: Banta, 1917. pp. 7-9. U766M6.
  5. The Officers' Guide. 1st & 39th eds. Wash, DC and Harrisburg, PA: National Service Pub and Stackpole Books, 1930 & 1977. pp. 125 & 75, respectively. U133A603.