What is the correct way to wear epaulettes with fouled anchors, and what is the reference?
I found navy regulations which state that the un-fouled stock of the anchor goes forward, but I have encountered a large contingent of folks who contend that the bitter end of the anchor line should lead aft. Depending on the construction of the epaulette (how many turns in the anchor line) this can actually result in the same orientation, but where they differ I am seeking clarification.
I found this information online: http://www.usmm.org/usmsinsignia.html
It seems that in 1944 the U.S. Maritime Service realized that some standardization was necessary here and put out a pamphlet inviting suggested standards, accompanied by the reasoning for them (a very civil approach in my opinion). I was not able to find any subsequent publication which actually implemented standards of wear (or construction) for the merchant marine.
Please weigh in with any reference, theory, or opinion on this issue: which way do the epaulettes go and why?
- Un-fouled stock forward?
- Bitter end aft?