Posted on Jul 23, 2018
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There was a lot of argument when my unit returned, over what patches we were authorized. We deployed as a CAV troop attached to the 101st. We wore the 101 patch afterward's, but some argued that the regs state that's since we were a company sized element, we are allowed to wear our home unit patch.
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No one in your unit should be wearing the 101 patch. You should only be wearing your organic unit patch as your combat patch. The regulation clearly states at a company or above you only wear your unit patch and not your higher headquarters. I would make sure your chain command knows about this. I'm really glad that Army did this. I can't stand saying soldiers wear unit patches to units they were never in. I have seen soldiers have come at patches like trading cards. They were never meant to be collected like that.
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SSG(P) Casualty Operations Ncoic
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Yup. That reg began in 2005 as an ALARACT and has been incorporated into the latest edition of AR 670-1.
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AR 670-1 Section 21-17, Paragraph 7a states: A deployed unit (company or higher) will wear its unit SSI as the SSI-FWTS, regardless of the headquarters element deploying and the unit alignment or OPCON during the period of deployment.
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Can you say that in English?
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Your patch on your left while deployed is the one on your right later.
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You wear the patch of the unit you are assigned to, not the one you were attached to down range, when your unit deploys.
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SSG(P) Casualty Operations Ncoic
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MSG (Join to see) - Only exceptions to that rule are for USACIC (CID) and those deploying in units smaller than company size. Otherwise, right on!

The mentality of the patch collectors is that they can wear any patch of higher HQ units. With that reasoning, we all would be authorized the MDW patch, as we are all DoD.
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My unit was attached to 101st when we deployed in 05-06 and we wore the 101st patch on our left the entire deployment. On return, we were authorized to wear either that or our unit patch as a "combat" patch.

We did get orders that authorized us to wear it as the SSI-FTWS or "combat" patch. I have them in my 'me' book. But I wear the unit I was in patch on my right.
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Things have changed since then. Now you only wear your unit patch as your combat patch unless you deployed in an element smaller than a company
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SSG(P) Casualty Operations Ncoic
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Locally produced orders do not override Big Army/G-1 policies. The ALARACT covering this was published in 2005, and has been incorporated in the latest edition of AR 670-1.

Similar to those who wear USMC patches and claim locally produced orders allow them to do so. There are (I think) two USMC patches allowed to be worn as a SSI/FWTS patch. Any others are NO GOs. I witnessed a 1SG tell a SOldier to take off an unautorized USMC patch. The Boo-Boo Face was priceless.
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Why people are commenting on a 2 year old post I don't know - but they weren't "locally produced" orders. I would have to find my "me" book but they weren't from my unit. We were attached to 101st that deployment. I don't wear it - I wear the patch of the BDE I was assigned to - but it is authorized.

Again not sure why a 2 year post was commented on...but ok?
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