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Why is the Army Flag Patch Reversed?

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UNCLAS ALARACT 018/2004
SUBJ: WEAR OF THE REVERSE-SIDE FULL-COLOR U.S. FLAG CLOTH REPLICA

A. AR 670-1, 5 SEP 03, WEAR AND APPEARANCE OF ARMY UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA.

1. THE NATION IS AT WAR AND WILL BE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. AS
AN EXPEDITIONARY ARMY, OUR SOLDIERS' COMMITMENT TO FIGHT AND WIN OUR
NATION'S WAR, AT HOME AND ABROAD, IS BEST EXEMPLIFIED BY PERMANENTLY
WEARING THE U.S. FLAG INSIGNIA ON THE UTILITY UNIFORMS. ADDITIONALLY, WEARING THE U.S. FLAG PERMANENTLY ALSO REDUCES THE IMPACT OF SEWING AND REMOVING THE U.S. FLAG INSIGNIA ON UNIFORMS.

2. TO THIS EFFECT, THE CURRENT POLICY OF DEPLOYED SOLDIERS WEARING THE U.S. FLAG ON UTILITY UNIFORMS IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL SOLDIERS THROUGHTOUT THE FORCE REGARDLESS OF DEPLOYMENT STATUS. THIS MESSAGE SERVES AS IMPLEMENTING INSTRUCTIONS TO A CHANGE TO AR 670-1 ON THE PERMANENT WEAR OF THE U.S. FLAG INSIGNIA.

3. THE INTENT OF THIS POLICY IS FOR ALL SOLDIERS TO PROUDLY WEAR THE
U.S. FLAG INSIGNIA ON UTILITY UNIFORMS: (BDUS, DESERT BDUS, THE
MATERNITY BDU, THE COLD WEATHER COAT (FIELD JACKET), AIRCREW BATTLE
DRESS UNIFORM, AND THE COMBAT VEHICLE CREWMAN UNIFORM AND JACKET
(COLD WEATHER).

4. LEADERS MUST ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING POLICY CHANGE:

A. PERMANENTLY WEAR THE U.S. FLAG INSIGNIA ON THE BDUS, DBDUS,
MATERNITY BDU, THE COLD WEATHER COAT, AIRCREW BATTLE DRESS UNIFORM,
AND THE COMBAT VEHICLE CREWMAN UNIFORM, AND JACKET (COLD WEATHER).

B. WEAR THE U.S. FLAG SEWN 1/2 INCH BELOW THE RIGHT SHOULDER SEAM OF
THE UTILITY UNIFORM. WHEN THE SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA-FORMER
WARTIME SERVICE (SSI-FWTS) IS WORN ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER OF THE
UTILITY UNIFORM, THE U.S. FLAG INSIGNIA IS PLACED 1/8 INCH BELOW THE
SSI-FWTS.

5. HOW TO OBTAIN:

A. THE U.S. FLAG PROCUREMENT AND ATTACHMENT ON BDUS AND COLD WEATHER COAT FOR ENLISTED SOLDIERS WILL BE AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, USING OMA FUNDS.

B. THE U.S. FLAG PROCUREMENT AND ATTACHMENT ON BDUS AND COLD WEATHER
COAT FOR OFFICER SOLDIERS WILL BE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL.


C. THE U.S. FLAG PROCUREMENT AND ATTACHMENT ON DBDU, MATERNITY BDU,
AIRCREW BATTLE DRESS UNIFORM, AND THE COMBAT VEHICLE CREWMAN UNIFORM
AND JACKET, COLD WEATHER FOR ENLISTED AND OFFICER SOLDIERS WILL BE AT
GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, USING OMA FUNDS BASED ON CTA-50-900 ALLOCATIONS.

6. THE NEW POLICY IS IN EFFECT UPON THE COMMANDERS' ABILITY
TO PROCURE THE INSIGNIAS AND ALLOCATE FUNDS, AND THE OPERATIONAL
TEMPO DUE TO UPCOMING DEPLOYMENTS/RE-DEPLOYMENTS; HOWEVER, MANDATORY
WEAR DATE OF THE U.S. FLAG INSIGNIA ON THE UNIFORMS LISTED ABOVE IS
NLT 1 OCT 05.

7. ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF AR 670-1, PARAGRAPH 28-18(B), AND C(2)
(WEAR OF FULL-COLOR U.S. FLAG CLOTH REPLICA) WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

8. THE ABOVE STATED CHANGES WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NEXT REVISION TO
AR 670-1.

9. POC FOR UNIFORM POLICY IS SGM WALTER MORALES, DSN 426-5129; COMM.
(703) 696-5129. E-MAIL IS WALTER.MORALES@HQDA.ARMY.MIL.

10. THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMY.

11. EXPIRATION DATE CANNOT BE DETERMINED.

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