UNITED STATES FLAG
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
A replica of the United States Flag, 1 13/16 inches (4.60 cm) in height and 3 1/4 inches (8.26 cm) in width.

Background
The United States Flag insignia was first authorized for wear during Operation Desert Shield with the following policy: The US Flag Replica can be worn on utility and organizationally issued uniforms during Joint or Multi-Nation Operations where the distinguishing of individual national soldiers is desired and overrides the tactical consideration of full color insignia on uniforms. Wear on utility uniforms is at the discretion of the Organizational Commander. During Joint Operations, the Joint Commander will normally prescribe the policy. On 11 February 2004, the Army Chief of Staff, General Peter Schoomaker approved a change to this policy. The policy was expanded to include wear by all soldiers throughout the force regardless of deployment status. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-786)

Wear Policy

The United States Flag is 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 United States Flag insignia is placed 1/8 inch below the SSI-FWTS. The United States Flag insignia should be placed with the star field to face forward or to the flag's own right. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is the reverse side of the flag. Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1, provides for the design of the United States Flag and specifies the colors as red, white and blue. Colors other than red, white and blue violate the United States Code. Subdued colored flags are not authorized.





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