Argh! Cole what have you done - this is the kind deep dive speculation I live for (read obsess about)
Transposing how Al Matthews wearing the ring over to Apone, he wears the ring with a different orientation in Aliens than he does in Apocalyse Watch and in later life. I am certainly no expert on Freemasonry but to quote from Joy Jewelers:
- The symbol of the compass should be worn facing towards you only if you are a newer member because it shows you are taking the pledge to the tradition seriously.
- A more advanced or master member can turn their compass legs to face away from their body since they are a symbol of your commitment to outwardly reflect the fraternity.
I see many references to the orientation not being important but assuming the above it would imply Apone had not been a Mason for long.
I would say that given Apone appears to adheres to strict uniforms codes given the lack of graffiti on his armour and the press of his BDUs that the USCM don't have any regs prohibiting the wearing of Masonic jewelery much like our contemporary militaries.
Love stuff like this, look forward to others thoughts.