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ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW FOURTH DEGREE UNIFORM

Update 8/24
From Supreme: We recently added a color patch to the uniform to distinguish rank.  This was included in the FAQ’s listed on our website (www.kofc.org).  Please note:


    We are currently working out the details on delivery of the patch to members.  

    We will let you know when the color patches are available.

    · The patch will NOT be included with your new uniform from Knights Gear (www.knightsgear.com
    · You cannot order the color patch yet.
    · The color patches WILL NOT BE SENT OUT FROM KNIGHTS GEAR.
    · The color patch will be sent with instructions directly from the Supreme Office when we have the details worked out.
    · Do not wait for the patch to order your uniform.
    · Please ask your assemblies to be patient, 
      o We will let you know what the process will be to get the color patch.
      o No need to call or email with questions on the color patch.
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Section 38 Official Dress and Regalia
The official dress for the fourth degree shall be:
·       Navy Blue Blazer with Fourth Degree Emblem Blazer Crest
·       Knights of Columbus Emblem of the order (PG113 only)
·       Official Fourth Degree Gray Trousers
·       Official Fourth Degree Necktie
·       Official Fourth Degree Beret with Fourth Degree metal badge
·       Plain white shirt-Button cuff (no French cuffs-no button down collar shirts)
·       Black socks and Plain Black shoes
·       Official Fourth Degree Lapel Pin (#PG113)
·       Incumbent Medal of Office
·       Past and Former Miniature Medals above left pocket
Section 39 Dress for Exemplification
1.     For a candidate: black or dark (blue or grey) business suit with black socks with black shoes, white dress shirt and tie, and candidate identification.
2.     For a candidate serving in the armed forces of his country, fulltime police and firefighters: Class A or dress uniform.
3.     For honor guard: official dress as set forth in Section 38.
      
Section 40 Color Corps Regalia
1.     The official regalia when serving in a Color Corps (Honor Guard or Color Guard) is the same as the official dress of a member (refer to Section 38) or a black tie, plain white tuxedo shirt, black cummerbund, black socks, plain black shoes, black tuxedo and social baldric worn under the coat, from right shoulder to left hip, with the following additions:(continue with current Section 40 I-vii
As for Installation of Officers and Renewal of Vows we continue with the tux until June 30, 2018 or until we get new directions from Supreme. This will be a time of transition but we have done this before and we all survived
Additional questions.
#1  What is going to be the dress code for Patriotic Degree Exemplifications? 
#2 Will prospective members be required to purchase coat, slacks, and tie?
#3 Or is it going to be casual dress? 
#4 Will we be allowed to wear our tuxedos to Patriotic Degree functions, such as Installation of Officers, Renewal of Vows, Exemplifications?
Answers
#1 Candidates will wear dark business suit, Black, Navy or Gray. No blazer and pants.

Spectator members can wear same to exemplifications. Tux no longer required but can be worn if member wishes.

New uniform can be purchased by those who desire to serve in the Color Corps as well as any fourth degree member who wishes to wear the new uniform to fourth degree events,

#2 Tux can be worn to any formal event. Installations, renewals and exemplifications. Simply put, no more capes after June 30, 2018.


 
Supreme Message
8/14/2017
New Fourth Degree Uniform
Earlier this month, the Knights of Columbus board of directors unanimously voted to adopt a new uniform for the Fourth Degree. The decision was made with the good of the entire Order in mind. While we understand that some members may prefer the old regalia, the supreme master and vice supreme masters urge all Fourth Degree members to put the good of the Order before any personal preference.
The board decided to make this move based on the following factors:
  • the aging of our Fourth Degree membership
  • the slow growth of the Fourth Degree (fewer than 20 percent of Knights are Fourth Degree members, and only a fraction of that number even serve as honor guards)
  • consistent reports that the old regalia presented a barrier to Fourth Degree membership, especially among younger men
The following FAQ should answer many of the questions that have arisen concerning this change.
Q: Will the new uniform allow the use of ceremonial swords?
A: Yes. Ceremonial swords will continue to be part of the Fourth Degree. When swords are used, gloves should also be used. (see picture above).
Q: How will rank be distinguished?
A: Colored patches will be worn on the beret behind the Fourth Degree emblem as follows:
  • Dark Blue Supreme Master
  • Light Blue Vice Supreme Masters
  • Gold District Masters
  • White Faithful Navigators
  • Green District Marshals
  • Purple Color Corp Commanders
Those not holding office (who formerly wore red capes) will wear berets with no patch.
Q: Will there be discounts offered on the new uniform?
A: Yes. The Order will subsidize the new uniform with a 25 percent discount offered to all members who order the new uniform prior to Sept. 30, 2017.
Q: What if a member just purchased the old regalia?
A: Any member who purchased the old regalia after May 1, 2017, can submit their receipt along with their member number to regaliacredit@kofc.org. Information will then be sent to that member on how to receive a $200 credit toward the new uniform.
Q: Is the Order making money on the new uniform?
A: No, the uniform is being sold at (or sometimes below) our cost.
Q: Was the new uniform field tested prior to its release?
A: Yes. The new uniform was field tested by Fourth Degree members attending the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.
Q: Can the old regalia still be worn?
A: Yes, for a time. While the preference is for the new uniform wherever possible, the old regalia can still be worn until the end of the current fraternal year (June 30, 2018). After that date, only the new uniform should be worn.
Q: Who made this decision?
A: The board of directors made this decision earlier this year after a three year period of testing and discussion. In addition, changing the uniform/regalia was previously discussed with the vice supreme masters at the Supreme Assembly.
Q: Did members have input on this?
A: For years, supreme officers and directors have received comments from members and prospective members that the old regalia was a barrier to membership overall, or to membership in the Fourth Degree.
Q: In what context should this change best be understood?
A: During the convention, the Good of the Order Committee stated: “We commend all of the faithful Sir Knights who have proudly worn the Fourth Degree regalia, bringing much respect to the Order. With the new Fourth Degree uniform, recently approved by the Board of Directors, this honor and respect associated with Sir Knights will remain, and it will open the door more widely for a new generation to join their ranks. In a spirit of unity, let us assist with a smooth transition to this new uniform and encourage it to be worn with great dignity and pride.”

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