Why is the U.S. flag reversed on Army uniforms?

Why is the U.S. flag reversed on Army uniforms?


This episode is sponsored by Wix. Go to wix.com/go/simplehistory to create a website today. Why is the U.S. flag reversed on Army uniforms? The flag of the United States of America has many rules and etiquette in how it should be displayed. On modern U.S. Army uniforms, soldiers wear the U.S. flag patch reversed. But why is this? In 2003, the uniform regulation was updated. According to the Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, when the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, the star field needs to be faced forward, or more technically “assaulting forward,” the term adopted by combat troops. When worn in this manner, the flag has the effect of flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. By having the blue field and white stars assaulting forward, it symbolizes going into battle. If it’s the other way around, it would symbolize retreat. This goes back to the earlier days of the U.S. Army when cavalry and infantry would have a standard-bearer who carried the flag into battle. The canton of the flag, the blue and white stars, were mounted closest to the pole so as the standard-bearer charged into battle, the flag would fly in the breeze in this way. This is replicated as a reverse side flag patch for the modern-day soldier’s right shoulder sleeve. The reverse flag also applies to the right side of vehicles, including aircraft and space shuttles. Interestingly, during World War II, a U.S. flag patch was worn specifically by U.S. paratroopers to identify them as American. This was because paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines and risked being mistaken for enemy soldiers by the approaching American forces coming over by land. However, flag patches as a permanent part of the U.S. Army uniform is a recent thing, only becoming a mandatory uniform component at all times in 2005. Before this, it was required only during joint duty and multi-national deployments. As such bright colors make the soldier more of a target, a subdued version of the flag patch is now worn while deployed or in a field environment to fit in with the camouflage uniform. The U.S. flag patch was designed to convey the right symbolism, and you can get the right design and look you want for your website with Wix, with over 500 templates and also solutions for e-commerce, music, hotels, events, restaurants, and more. Create a professional site regardless of your skill level and support the channel by going to wix.com/go/simplehistory or simply click the link in the description below.

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  2. Oddly, in the biggest war ever, WW II, U.S. troop wore the flag right way round. No one said, "OMG the flag symbolizes retreat!" This is as stupid as soldiers constantly wearing combat uniforms to "show that we're in a state of war."

  3. It's facing the right way, based on the logic in this video. Left side, right side, if you were entering battle the flag would point backwards like it is on this patch.

  4. I’ll be darned. When we wore it during Desert Storm in 1990, we were told that the stars had to be closest to the heart. Of course that assumes everyone’s heart is in the front, not center of their body. Whatever, we were taught in school to point out organs from the front. Now this video tells me the Army didn’t even have regulations covering it until 13 years later? We actually got it right over a decade earlier? Will miracles never cease.

  5. This logic always sounded silly to me. Because….

    You could put the flag on the left shoulder and it’ll still be flying into combat while having it look like a normal flag…

  6. 1:36 wait, wait, what was this this whole episode about?

    also isn't the ace of spades Vietnam war thing? Or was it a thing back in WWII?

  7. I didn’t watch the video but my guess is cause its suppose to represent that US charges into battle rather than running from it.

    I learned this the hard way when someone noticed a flag on my car was facing the opposite way.

  8. Come on.. there really must be more to having the flag patch other than identifying the nationality of the soldier.
    Perhaps it serves an additional purpose?

  9. Summary: Per regulation 670-1, the stars should always face forward. Meaning, the right side is reversed. This resembles what you'd see from an actual flag flown into battle.

  10. Only the U.S. military should wear the flag patch with the star field on the right. They are the only group that would be following the flag into battle. Everyone else (any civilian) should we're the flag on the left arm or if on the right arm the star field should be on the left facing the flag.

  11. What if in other nations?

    France:
    Reverse: Revolt!
    White Flag: Vive Le France!
    Philippines:
    Reverse: Sugod!
    Reverse with War Version: *Pnoyball's eyes shows signs of evil

  12. As shown in the video, the rule applies to moving objects, not just clothing. On a car, the US flag is flown at the right corner, because that is considered the superior position. A governor would have the state flag at the left corner. Other flags could be at the left corner, according to the situation.

    On a military uniform, the unit patch is worn on the left.

  13. From North of England: How many people know that Stars and Stripes started here? Checkout the Washington family coat of arms. Then that of the town of Washington here in Northern England. Men have been fighting under the Stars and Stripes since the 13th century.

  14. What you didn’t mention is the fact that the flag is normally worn on the left shoulder unless the soldier is serving in a combat zone, only then is it worn on the right shoulder

  15. Its back to front so that you can see in the rear vision mirror , which country they are from when they run away looking for a hiding place.

  16. The real answer .so a military supply contractor could make twice as much money by producing a flag with stars field on the right and one with a star field on the left.

  17. 🔵 Poetically speaking, if the flag were worn with the field of stars to the left you could say it was because God favored us with the wind at our backs as we Advanced into battle,….. just a thought.

  18. But in reality the American flag always flew to the right the constitution and the left wants it to fly to the left away from the constitution and toward a socialist government

  19. The deep state is sneaky they want to change America Into a socialist country just look at the American flag with the gold boarder all the colors mean something the gold is the laws that the UNITED NATIONS has on American TROOPS

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  21. How many millions of dollars did the government waste studying this? When you're trying not to get shot that red, white and blue stand out like a sore thumb.

  22. As long as we are fighting for God and freedom to believe in God Almighty Creator and Jesus Christ we will have many encounters with the Evil people that seek to destroy our faith in Almighty God, from within our borders and even our own government officials that have been put in for the glory of God's grace, *¤*! Nothing happens that the LORD God is Not capable of controlling on Earth or the Heavens above, even Satan knows where God is taking our lives on earth,*¤*!

  23. Stars always face forward, when the flag is on the right is when you are detached to another unit for combat deployment.
    When you return to your home unit you can leave your deployment colors to honor that unit.
    Your welcome

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  25. Because the only War they have won was there Independence.
    All wars they started end up in retreat.
    We can ALL name them and don't forget WW2 when they pulled out and left for the Russian to take Germany.

  26. Lol, revolutionary war had 50 stars?
    Right shoulder flag placement because your unit badge is always on the left, your previous war action unit badge is on the right.

  27. So what does it mean when the soldier is crawling on the ground, 'advancing' in the prone position? What way is the flag pointing then?

  28. Put all flags on the sun and stop eating junk foods/ / then and only then will Americans be safe from America's biggest threat. Some pencil pushing person made up a rule and it stuck.

  29. 5 billion wasted and no one batted an eye

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164686/amp/How-U-S-Army-spent-5BILLION-failed-pixel-camouflage–wanted-look-cooler-Marines.html

  30. There’s no such thing as “reversed”
    If you see the flag flying on a pole from the right the blue field is on the right viewed from the left the it’s on the left
    It’s actually just logic
    Odd that the military figured this out on their own

  31. Boy, the person that wrote this article must be related to Donald Trump. When a flag is mounted on a flag pole the stars and blue background are always toward the pole. When you view the flag from the right side the stars are on the right. When you walk around to the left side of the pole the stars are on the left. This question about the flag on the uniforms must have been asked by a Republican dumbass.

  32. ,USAI like how you doing them now home modern time with the Americans you should do that looks like modern Germany modern countries country modern thing

  33. Field of blue Always to the left !! When being displayed. A man is not a flag pole . If their would be a compromise, then the patch should be wore on both left and right shoulders , OR CHEST OVER THE HEART OR ON THE BACK, I SEE THIS CHANGE AS A BIG ISSUE ! THAT DEMONSTRATES A CHANGE IN THE GOVERNMENT, AT THE SAME TIME A TEST , TO TRUE PATRIOTS. MAKING NEW RULES FOR DISPLAYING OUR GREAT NATIONS FLAG WERE SET FOURTH A LONG TIME AGO, AND SHOULD BE HONORED. ! AS INTENDED, WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD AND NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMENT…IT IS NOT FUNCTIONING THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE …WE WERE WARNED…THIS COUNTRY IS A CORPORATION NOW , OUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN UNDERMIND! OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT CHOOSING SIDES AS ENTERTAINMENT OR BELIEF IN WHAT THEY ALLOW US TO KNOW. We live in a time that this world does Not need War . Their is a better way , do your own research use tour own brains and learn to think beyond what most sheep who sleep do. The American Dream . Has been manipulated…and mutilated…Rules are rules laws are laws , not statutes and codes …WAKE up …for YOUR children's sake for God sake…

  34. A Man is Not a flag pole, The illusion of perception, is only that , n who gives a crapp about what the enemy n what they would think , just because we are told who to FIGHT it's a bunch of crapp …the real enemy Lies within Our own system … and the ideals of one world government, Greed and deception is what is running our government now in a big corporate way , BUSINESS. Co exsist…in PEACE…honor the difference between the different nations , as long as their is peace , helping one another may be a good start to stopping greed for power and controll , wake up and do the research …its all been thought of figured out and computed , in other words their is a better way to being our children up….And Treat our environment, THE PLANET EARTH WE ALL SHARE FOR A TIME ,WHAT WE LEAVE THE CHILDREN IS UP TO ALL OF US…!

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