Author Topic: Navy: ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ patch removal order to SEALs a ‘mistake’  (Read 253 times)

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...WARCOM and GROUP TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn on the sleeve. All personnel are only authorized to wear the matching ‘AOR’ American Flag patch on the right shoulder,” the email read. “You are no longer authorized to wear the ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ patch. Again the only patch authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass the word to all.”

The Navy pushed back against Higbie’s report in the Navy Times, explaining that Naval Special Warfare personnel are allowed to wear the patches.

“As of September 2013, all Naval Special Warfare personnel are authorized to wear the U.S. flag and the “Don’t Tread on me” uniform patches,” Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty told Navy Times. “In the past, NSW did not authorize wearing either patch unless one was deployed or in a work-up cycle. However, NSW recently sought special permission from the Chief of Naval Operations staff to wear the patches within the continental United States.”

A Navy official speaking with TheDC confirmed the policy and explained that Peeler — the senior enlisted adviser who ordered SEALs not to don the “Don’t Tread On Me” patch in an October email — made “an honest mistake” and is being counseled on the correct policy....

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