I've seen a new E-5 in my unit with the deployment OCP (the shoulders are Velcro pockets like the ACU not zippers, faintly faded, with a fuller only jacket zipper) without a deployment patch, or skill badges I.E CIB, AAS, Etc. he approached me for work and as we were talking he brought up how things worked at his last unit, and I asked him where he was deployed to and he said he wasn't (No right shoulder patch) but from what I understood those OCP's we're only given out to those who have been deployed to the Middle East the last year or so. Can anyone clarify on this? Thank you.
Posted 5 y ago
Sure it is. In fact, I gave mine to my son who came in in '13, so he wouldn't have to wear the ugly ass UCP ACUs any more. Also, you are not required to wear badges or SSI-FWTS on ACUs. I have known many NCOs and Os that didn't wear them. Even though this NCO didn't deploy you shouldn't judge by what is attached to their uniform. Judge them by how the lead.
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