Over the years, I have had dreams of arriving to a military installation, donning my uniform, and then realizing- I don't have a hat. (I was in the Marines, so I did not have a "cover", the word Marines use to mean hat.)
This symbol appeared in a few dreams in '92. Later, I saw this dream a few more times in the mid to late 90's. I dreamed it again last night. Only this morning did I finally understand the meaning.
Rolling around in half slumber, reviewing the dream, I pushed backward into earlier scenes, looking for clues and context to reveal the meaning. Just before one roll over onto my wife's side of the bed, I asked the Holy Spirit, "What does it mean to be out of uniform?"
A few minutes later, I awoke from a brief foray into sleep. And, I understood.
An incomplete uniform represents something that is incomplete. Here are the times I dreamed of an incomplete military uniform:
In 1992, I dropped on request from NROTC at UC Berkeley. (I finished one year of aerospace engineering at San Jose State.) At that time, I dreamed of reporting to a Marine Corps building, putting on my uniform, and then realizing I did not have my cover.
Curiously, when I eventually received new orders, and reported to 29 Palms, I literally did not have a full uniform. Though I had my cover, the emblem was not to be found.
I recorded dreams every night from '94 to '99. In that time, my journals recorded several dreams about "being back in boot camp" without my uniforms. I especially noticed missing my cover (hat) in those dreams. The dreams frustrated me. Bound up in Jungian philosophy at that time, I asked myself over and over again, "What does a hat mean?"
In 2002, I dreamed again of being on a military base. I had no uniforms. It was awkward. In addition to no hat, I also had the wrong clothes. We marched around. I walked from building to building. Others had camouflaged utilities. I had other clothing.
In September, 2001, the WTC was attacked. In early 2002, the Holy Spirit told me to join the Army National Guard, and to brush up on my Arabic. I resisted 3 months. But, in April, I enlisted. I received a slot for Officer's Candidate School.
The unit to which I was assigned (for paper work purposes) did not know me, and refused to issue uniforms for me from their budget. The OCS leaders gave me permission to continue at the school, while efforts were made to get me equipment. I marched in formation in PT gear- shorts and a t-shirt. Everyone else had camouflaged utilities. Everywhere I went, I wore shorts- the odd man out.
Finally, the first major training week arrived. Without uniforms, OCS kicked me out.
So, those dreams were literally fulfilled. They had been warnings, true precognitive (prophetic) dreams.
Curiously, this hat is an image on the an army navy supply website in Vermont. At this time, I just began a 2 year Master's degree program at Norwich University. This university is located in Vermont.
In my dream, the training lasted "Mar to Mar", which correctly calls out the March to March duration of the program. The truncated version of March may also add more information to the dream. I don't yet know.
In the dream, as we sat and discussed the end of our training, others were planning to go somewhere together. I had not been invited for some reason, but was hoping to be added to the invite list. I realized I wore an enlisted man's uniform. But, I should be wearing an officer's uniform. I recalled how someone stole a sea bag from me at the beginning of the program. It had contained all my officer's uniforms.
After all these years, I finally realized the meaning of an incomplete military uniform. It shows that something is incomplete in life.
In my case, each time, it represented my incomplete education, and failed attempts at becoming an officer.