Patches? We don’ need no stinkin’ patches!

U.S. flag insignia to be worn by all

Now all US service personnel are authorized to wear the US flag on their uniform, regardless of deployment status.

“The flag has been around for years to identify deploying troops. Now based on the Army’s joint expeditionary mindset, the flag represents our commitment to fight the war on terror for the foreseeable future,” said Sgt. Maj. Walter Morales, the uniform policy chief for G1.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker approved the uniform item Feb. 11, and all Soldiers have until Oct. 1, 2005 to get the insignia sewn on their uniforms.

I hadn’t realized that everyone already didn’t wear the flag until this issue was raised a couple of months ago. Also noted in the story is the fact that only the full-color, red, white, and blue flags are allowed. They must be the reverse flags.

Subdued flags are not allowed. That’s bizarre, because I have seen many photos of US troops in Iraq wearing the subdued flags, and it seems to me that the slight improvement in camoflage could potentially make a difference at some point for someone.

The government is going to issue five flags to each enlisted man, and an expected shortage is the reason for the lengthy period to adopt to the new policy. An estimated 30 million flags need to be purchased.

Troops on their way overseas will have priority. Much like the Interceptor Body Armor. It will take years for everyone to get their patches. Much like the Interceptor Body Armor.

(Buy stock in flag patch makers. I’ll bet if we dig, we’ll discover that Dick Cheney is a former chairman of the largest flag patch maker in the USA. We’re not at war for oil, it’s for the flag patches!)

Well, actually, now that I’m looking for a subdued flag patch I can’t find a picture of one on a deployed soldier. I did come across some pics of guys with the flag and unit insignia mixed up, or no flag at all, or even a flag on the left shoulder instead of the right. Since most of the pictures gave the names of the subjects, I won’t link to them from here. I realize that they’ve got important business to focus on. (via Styker Birgade News)