Posted on Sep 23, 2015
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There is a bit of confusion on which flag to wear with the new uniforms. However, ALARACT 85/2015 Paragraph 5 states...
INSIGNIA AND ACCOUTERMENTS WORN ON THE ACU MUST BE OF THE CORRESPONDING CAMOUFLAGES PATTERN COLOR. THE BACKGROUND MATERIAL OF NAME TAPES, SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA, TABS, GRADE INSIGNIA, FORMER WARTIME SERVICE, AND SEW-ON BADGES WILL MATCH THE CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN OF THE UNIFORM.

So what is your opinion on this?
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SGT David T.
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I've always questioned the practice of putting a non-subdued flag on a camouflage uniform. Seems to me that a subdued flag would make more tactical sense. Maybe wearing a full color one in garrison might work.
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SSG Section Sergeant
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Don't have to be deployable to wear this uniform. Its the new uniform.
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SGT David T.
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SSG (Join to see) - As I am a civilian employee, the only time we wear uniforms (generally) is on deployments which unless you are in a deployable slots are totally voluntary
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SSG Section Sergeant
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Gotcha
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no, I do not like the subdued flag, flag code says it must be red white and blue, I have no idea what country the black and white/brown one is. if you wanna be tactical, remove it, its Velcro after all
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The full color American flag is authorized. Even if it isn't clearly stated, the common practice by your chain of command is a good indicator of "the right thing to do". If nothing else, blend in, that way you are all wrong together.
In fact though, I'm not sure if the subdued flag is authorized in garrison. In my state, only if the unit loses a soldier in garrison do we wear the subdued flag and only for a week or so.
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If an ALARACT message and AR 670-1 contradict each other, which of the 2 do we stick to?
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Once upon a time, there was a lonely ALARACT which said you couldn't mix
and match ACU/OCP patches.

ALARACT 086/2015 (which expired 15 MAY 2016) directed G-1 to incorporate
that guidance in DA PAM 670-1 (10 APRIL 2015) NLT 1 JULY 2015.

They did, kind of, on 25 May 2017, but it now only says that the U.S. Army
insignia and the nametape must be of a "camouflage pattern that matches the
uniform." Whereas the ALARACT specified "INSIGNIA AND ACCOUTERMENTS"
(everything) must match, the DA PAM which supersedes the expired ALARACT
only restricts the US ARMY and nametape. There is no such restriction for
unit or combat patches other than they must be "subdued." If you want, I
hear a yellow dry erase marker makes it match.
However, "The wear out date for the UCP ACU is 30 September 2019."
In case you want see what AR 670-1 says about this, here it is: 19-16. g.
"How worn. See DA Pam 670-1."
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