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U.s Flag On Backwards?

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by sjones, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. sjones

    sjones Millennium Member

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    I was in the service back in the 60's but that was a long time ago and my wife has asked me a question that I can't answer.When you see men in uniforms on tv the flag on their upper right arms is sewn on backwards,is that just tv or have things changed since I was in? thanks sj
     
  2. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    The full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is worn so that the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.
     

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    Its because your charging into battle.
     
  4. deadday

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    That about covers it...:wavey:






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    when i was in the military, we didn't wear flag patches on our bdus.

    when i worked for the wisconsin dept. of corrections we were issued patches and they were the backwards ones. some of us veterans pointed that out to management but they didn't care.
     
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    IIRC the starfield always faces forward because we are always advancing and never retreating.
     
  7. deadday

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    The flag patch is worn during time of war.






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    during the 1st gulf war... we didn't have flag patches on our bdus
     
  9. G19Tony

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    We always wore the flag on our flightsuits. War or no war. MAC regs.
     
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    They need to make the patches flap like a real flag would in the wind, in order to make it more obvious....
     
  11. Jeff82

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    We sewed them on in '84 for our 6 month tour in the Sinai. No war. All "observe and report".

    We sewed them on in '95 for our 12 month tour in Bosnia (and again in '97) and that was a pseudo (nonshooting) war.

    Change the material to something lighter weight and only sew the leading edge. It'd work...
     
  12. ShelbyGoat

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    Back in 03/04 (or around there) they authorized us to wear the flags not just on combat tours, but all the time.
     
  13. Texas357

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    Put on a flexible color LCD screen with an animated .gif of a flag waving....


    Or, realize that a flag-patch is not a flag...
     
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    I've had to point that out to folks who wear the US Flag patch for various things, team shirts, etc. Most commonly found in the private sector is the patch that would be properly worn on the left sleeve. It happens alot when folks take the same patch and put it on the right (or both). Sorry, bubba, ya gotta pony up and buy a different patch so it's worn correctly - or don't wear at all.

    :patriot:
     
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    Texas357 Señor Member CLM

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    Surely you can refer us to your source for that information? All I could find is the following:

    Seems to say that when a flag is displayed against a surface, the blue field should be to the left (for the viewer). There is no provision in the flag code for displaying a backwards flag.
     
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    670-1 was officially changed in 2005 to state that all US Army personnel would wear the flag patch. It was ordered in 2003. Prior to this, 670-1 said the patch was to be worn only during overseas deployment....I was under the impression that it was worn during war-time service, but I was wrong, any time deployed it was worn...





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  17. Jeff82

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    That covers flags. What about the "full-color (or not) U.S. flag cloth replica"? (GJ1981 was very specific for a reason... ) :whistling:
     
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    What part of the flag code would they fall under? The only mention the flag-code makes of replicas is that they are to be worn over the heart.
     
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    That's just it. I don't think there is any governing regulation for "patches". "A patch, does not a flag, make."

    What you mention above is in reference to the service lapel pin and "should" be worn over the left side, heart.

    Custom indicates that when a patch or decal, is placed on a moving object, that it be placed so that the patch or decal looks like it's 'flying' from a staff (or mast) when the object is moving in the direction it most usually moves in.

    Try finding that written down somewhere!

    As I recall, in my BSA uniform, they had us wearing the flag flying backwards too. (On our right sleeve, blue to the left, as viewed.)