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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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SFC Patient Service Tech
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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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SSgt Michael Bowen
SSgt Michael Bowen
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SFC (Join to see) - If you find out who did the velcro change please let me know so i can slap the stupid out of them or at least try . What the hell were they thinking ? Some one in authority should have stopped this before it ever got started but they all failed .
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SPC Tamara Trammell
SPC Tamara Trammell
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My dad had to wear a different undershirt from the rest of the branches for a while. He once said it was because some general's wife thought chest hair was sexy. (He then realized there were kids in the room and never repeated that opinion.)
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SPC Tamara Trammell - Yes, the Air Force had to wear V-necks t-shirts because a Gen's wife saw an Airman with a white crew-neck which was frayed and stretched, in other words unserviceable, and instead of addressing the problem pushed an idiotic work around and mandated the V-neck tshirts. Just another example of PC nonsense overriding common sense and military good order.
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David King
David King
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Here I am, just a civilian, and I've wondered whose bright idea it was to use velcro. BTW, no relation to MSG David King above.
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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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SGT Richard Poch
SGT Richard Poch
3 mo
flag is always moving forward. think how the flag would look if you were running with it on a mast. the US Flag never retreats and that was the intent of a flag with star field in the upper right corner
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CPT Jeff Minard
CPT Jeff Minard
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Right- the canton (blue field with stars) always leads so right or left shoulder are different.
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CPL Terry Mason
CPL Terry Mason
2 mo
It signifies that the US never runs!! We always charge forward!
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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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Because we're the pride of the nation and we're proud of that nation - MURICA!!!
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Sgt Richard Milligan
Sgt Richard Milligan
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In my days in the Corp, I had my rank On my collar and USMC w the EGA on my chest as did my brothers and I am certain we all were proud of America as well.
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SP6 Charlie Foster
SP6 Charlie Foster
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MSgt Butch Eckhoff you sir are a douche
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