Posted on Feb 22, 2014
SGT Rnosc Ncoic
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The Army is the only service to wear unit and combat patches? Should they simplify the uniform and remove unit patches? "shoulder sleeve insignia".

I understand in some uniforms services may wear a patch. I'm talking about the every day uniform.
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SGM Matthew Quick
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No, unit identification should NEVER be eliminated.<br><br>Unit patches, currently assigned or deployment, create a sense of esprit-de-corps.<div><br></div><div>The Army is the largest military organization and, unlike the Marine Corps where the esprit-de-corps lies within its foundation, its esprit-de-corps lies within its units.</div>
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MAJ Albert McCaig
MAJ Albert McCaig
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Right again Sergeant Major.
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Gina Rodriguez
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Nicely put.
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CPO Rob Carleen
CPO Rob Carleen
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It’s part of the Army, just like in the Navy, our dress uniforms have a unit patch on the right shoulder and our rating badge not only shows rank but specialty. Never change to be like someone else.
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PO2 John Frost
PO2 John Frost
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When I was getting out of the US Coast Guard, they were doing away with unit ball caps. Because they weren’t uniform, they didn’t look the same and command units had to wear USCG hats. Sad I had to put my unit ball cap in a drawer and only wear after I got out. I have 4 caps for four different units.
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MSgt Aircrew Controller Ii
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<p>No! Hell No!&nbsp;</p><p>It provides identity.&nbsp; Combat patches tell a story about the soldier wearing them.&nbsp; It promotes espirit-de-corps/unit cohesiveness.</p><p>&nbsp;The Air Force removed unit patches when we switched over to the ABU from the BDU. The driving factor was cost. It cost to much to have patches sewn on, OH&nbsp;Please!!&nbsp; I have since seen unit pride decline, and people adopt attitudes such as " I can do what I want in public, because no one knows what unit I belong too".&nbsp; People no longer know the history/heraldry of their unit, because they no longer wear the patch which means they don't get asked those types of questions any more.</p><p>&nbsp; It breeds leadership, when you see someone wearing your unit patch, even if you don't know them, you acknowledge them and&nbsp;you correct them when they are doing something wrong.&nbsp; No recognition and you just walk right on by with the "not my troop, not my problem" mentality.</p>
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1SG David Niles
1SG David Niles
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SSG (Join to see) - I have been to Germany 5 years two units and I was an Mp. Was in an airborne unit but I did not jump out of airplanes. Air assualy
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1SG David Niles
1SG David Niles
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SSG (Join to see) - our higher hq was in Hawaii. I was in Washington. But when we had training I was able to go to Hawaii and I lived my time there. Camp Smith is a bit small though.
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SSG Sr Info Systems Sgt
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You're definitely right about that and the parking has probably gotten worse.
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PFC Maxo Marc
PFC Maxo Marc
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There's no way they should remove patches. When you see a soldier with the Ranger battalion scroll that let's you who you dealing with. When you see a soldier with the 101st patch you know the quality of individual who wears it. Those patches tell a story and if the army did away with you might as well throw out the rich army history with it.
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SSG General Services Technician And State Vehicle Inspector
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No, I don't believe patches should be eliminated. A patch shows distinction and shows others the unit you belong to. Regarding combat patches, it tells others the units you have been with and, at least for me, it sparks conversations. <br>
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