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Shootings result in uniform restrictions

STUTTGART, Germany, March 24 (UPI) -- The shootings of U.S. airmen at a German airport has resulted in an order prohibiting soldiers in Europe from wearing their uniforms off base, officials said.

The order by U.S. European Command is intended to keep American military forces from standing out in a crowd, the military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported.

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"The directive specifically forbids the wearing of uniforms for travel between duty and domicile, short convenience stops, conduct of physical fitness, travel between installations, and off post messing," the order said.

The new policy comes three weeks after a shooting outside the Frankfurt Airport left two airmen dead and two others seriously wounded.

It banned the wearing of uniforms off post "to the maximum extent possible."

"You are not supposed to wear your uniform even if you are in your own car," said Capt. Ed Buclatin, a spokesman for the U.S. European Command.

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