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I've consistently wondered why the U.S. Army is the only branch that wears the full-color U.S. Flag patch on the combat uniform. Marines don't wear anything on their combat uniform, but Navy and Air Force both wear the subdued U.S. Flag patch on theirs. AR 670-1 Ch 19-18 states "All soldiers will wear the full-color U.S. Flag embroidered insignia utility and organizational uniforms, unless deployed or in a field environment. Soldiers will wear the subdued tactical flag insignia while deployed or in a field environment." While I understand the regulation, it seems to me that wearing the subdued flag insignia would make more sense because it matches the uniform pattern. What are your thoughts? PFC (Join to see) SFC (Join to see) SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" LTC Stephen F. CPL Dave Hoover SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth SGT (Join to see) Capt Dwayne Conyers CPT Jack Durish SGT Ben Keen 1LT (Join to see)
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Because someone with a lot more rank and a much higher position was visited by the Good Idea Fairie and forgot to bring their bug repellent.
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SPC Air Traffic Control Operator
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The good idea fairy makes a lot of visits to whoever designs our ATC equipment.
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SSG(P) Disabled Veteran
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All patches were meant to stand out in the smoke of battle so that Commandes could identify their own troops. I never did ndestand subdued patches. You are a traitor if you tell your captors what unit you are in but he should know that by the patch on you shoulder
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LTJG Sandra Smith
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THAT made my day! Probably exactly what happened!
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LTJG Sandra Smith
LTJG Sandra Smith
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SGT(P) (Join to see) I'd suggest a state hospital, but they closed those all down....
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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You answered your own question, it is in the reg. I personally know that when the patch, flag became part of the uniform it was intended to stand out. Pride in service, pride in country, PRIDE.
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LTC Donald Donahue
LTC Donald Donahue
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It was also based on US Code, which does not authorize anything other than a full color flag. First deployed (I believe) in the Balkans as part of the multinational mission. You added the flag when you went down range, then took it off when you returned. They eventually authorized for everyone as the force had evolved into an expeditionary posture.
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SSG Jim Schimon
SSG Jim Schimon
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Any full color part of a field uniform In the field or out Is F UP( it just make you a better target) ,iT SHOULD ONLY BE ON THE class A s .But it did start when we started velcroieng patches on . To say its the reg. if showing the leadership it to lazy to unify and get it changed and that has to start with the CSM to have a 1/2 of a chance to change.
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LTJG Sandra Smith
LTJG Sandra Smith
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Guess someone didn't know PRIDE or standing out can get you DEAD in a war; lesson learned by anyone or anything wearing a red cross in WW II!
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LTJG Sandra Smith
LTJG Sandra Smith
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LTC (Join to see) Did not know that. Thanks for that history lesson.
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Because we're the pride of the nation and we're proud of that nation - MURICA!!!
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Cpl Gerald Hill
Cpl Gerald Hill
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Sgt Richard Milligan - If you were really in the Corps you would know The word Corps has a silent "S" on the end because if you didn't it would sound dead and we all know the Corps is alive and well!
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Sgt Richard Milligan
Sgt Richard Milligan
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Cpl Gerald Hill - that is the stupidest reply to a comment I have ever heard- and the S in stupid is not silent. If I was really in the Corp? Idiot.
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MAJ Matthew Arnold
MAJ Matthew Arnold
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You guys are cracking me up.
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