There are many things to consider when putting uniformed talent in a video. These considerations are the same whether the subject is an actor or a current or former service member.
In fact, there is an entire section of the US Code dedicated to our Armed Forces, and an entire section of which that applies to actors portraying military service members:
Title 10 US Code 772: (f) While portraying a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, an actor in a theatrical or motion-picture production may wear the uniform of that armed force if the portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force.
Often, we hire actors to portray service members for resiliency and safety roles for our Department of Defense and nonprofit organizations clients. In all cases, we strictly adhere to the US Code above, and employ additional safeguards to guarantee compliance.
6 rules to follow when filming actors in uniform:
Actors portraying members of the military must wear civilian clothes to and from the location where they will be filmed or photographed
When using a uniformed actor in a video project, be sure to adhere to all published military appearance regulations.
All actors portraying members of the military will adhere to grooming standards consistent with military regulations
All references to rank will be correct for each branch of service
While wearing the uniform, standard policies will be observed. For instance, covers (hats) will only be worn while outside or under arms when inside. Boot laces will be tucked in and bare arms will be as current policy
Under no circumstances will an actor portraying a service member use alcohol, illicit drugs or portray their use while in uniform
No actor in uniform will promote a political party or show support for any candidate
There are many other nuances associated with portraying an actor in uniform. However, our general rule is: if you’re being respectful to the armed force being represented and following their uniform regulations, you should be in the clear.
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