As Christopher Schuster commented above, that post is where I originally remembered the “official always official” statement. So to put a pin directly into the fabric, here is the whole story.
In 1966, BSA put out an official scouter formal dress uniform that was for all intents and purposes a two piece suit. In the uniforming guide published that year, they refer to the wearing of square knots above the left pocket where you were only wearing a maximum of 3 knots and a total of 3 medals and any service stars. The uniform is olive green so my dilemma is if I should get olive background knots, wear the modern knots or leave it empty and just wear the medals.
If I wear knots, I am limited to 3, so I was thinking Eagle Scout, District AoM, and Adult Religious Emblem. But then the dilemma is the District AoM was introduced in 1971 and the Adult Religious Emblem was introduced in 1973. While these could very well have had some overlap on service time, the one that really gets me is the Eagle Scout knot.
As a lifetime member of NESA, I am entitled to wear the silver bordered eagle scout square knot but it did not become official until 2008 which is clearly after the Scouter “suit” Uniform was no longer being made. So, if I stick to time period reasoning, I should wear the olive backed Eagle knot instead of the khaki backed NESA knot.
With the back story now complete, do you agree?