Thats 'not' a uniform ...I thought Marines never wore flags on their uniforms...?
The above is true. In 1996 when my old unit (VMU-1) deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, we had to have flags added to our utilities as part of IFOR. We only had those flags on during that deployment and I believe the main reason was that the whole operation was multinational. To my knowledge LSB or “The Red Patchers” are the only ones to wear something extra.It's very possible that in a joint service/international operation the USMC decided it's a good idea to add the flags. They might get removed when the unit rotates home, I don't know, I'm just a retired guy. When I went to OIF in '03 we didn't have flags.
All US military units in theather wear the flag on the right shoulder
Marines wore them on the "old" tri color desert uniform while in theater. They don't on the new digital desert uniform. I wish they did. I also know/understand why the flag is reversed, I just wish it wasn't. I also wish the usmc would wear patches. It provides esprit de corps for a given unit. It would also help differentiate the 03s from non 03s. They deserve the recognition IMHO.
You must have been in the wing side and worn the velcro on your coveralls. NOt all Marines wear coveralls.Sorry my friend but yes you are wrong, we dont wear US patches on our uniforms. We have one patch that is velcro with unit, blood type, and rank. Thats it.
You must have been in the wing side and worn the velcro on your coveralls. NOt all Marines wear coveralls.
There is one more patch that Marines do wear.
Marines do wear patches on their camies, mind you not all Marines wear them.
Red patches are worn on camies around the knee area on the side 1" X3" also on the cover 1"X1" front center, just below the emblem. These red patches are worn if you are with "LSB" Landing Support Battalions. The LSB folks are the very first Marines to hit the beaches, they clear them and set up for the amphibious landing party.
The red patches are worn to separate /avoid confusion with regular Marines during beach operation and for them to remain on the beach area. LSB Marines started wearing the red patches during the island hoping campaign back in WWII.
dare2Think has it right, LSB wears something extra.
Worn those patches for 4 years on my camies with 4th LSB as one of the I&I staff. I retired in 1998 and I have not heard of any changes. Also my son would have told me, he is currently on active duty.
As far as flags are worn in todays uniforms, I have not heard any current news.