Nearly 3 years ago, orders came from higher ups that uniformed soldiers are no longer allowed to wear the First Navy Jack patch on their uniforms and the flag cannot be flown from ship’s deck. The Navy has since responded with a huge expletive to the contrary.
The First Navy Jack is the red and white striped flag with a yellow snake dangled across the flag. At the bottom of the flag are the words, “Don’t Tread On Me.” The first use of the flag historically was in 1778 letter signed by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. It was described by the men as a flag of South Carolina and depicted “a rattlesnake, in the middle of the thirteen stripes.”
The First Navy Jack was first used in recent history during the United States’ Bicentennial year when all commissioned naval vessels were directed to fly it while moored or anchored for the entire year.
In 2013, an email was issued to all personnel by an unnamed Senior Enlisted Advisor. It ordered the immediate disbarment of the First Navy Jack and Gadsden flags informing everyone that the approved uniform policy included only a single patch, the “AOR” American flag patch. The email was dated October 22, 2013.
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. 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
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Over the past 3 years, these orders have been questioned, challenged, fought over and in some cases, completely ignored. The Navy loves their traditions and the Navy Jack is a a time-honored tradition that is deeply rooted in our nation’s history.
The US Navy has approved has approved a re-design of their uniforms. Sailors are now allowed to wear the Navy Jack on a few approved uniforms. They are doing this in spite of current approved uniform directives. President Obama has recently declared the Navy Jack patch to be racist and warns that wearing the patch could get your prosecuted for a hate crime.
“During garrison and non-tactical exercises or operations, the non-tactical DTOM and Reverse Flag patches may be optionally worn at the discretion of the unit commanding officer and at the expense of the Sailor,” the Navy announced in Navy Administrations Message 174/16. “During tactical deployment exercises and operations, a tactical DTOM and Reverse Flag patch may be worn at the discretion of the unit commander and approval from the Task Force or Joint Task Force Commander.”
This decision has many patriots applauding the leaders of our Navy who have began to take a stand against the defilement of the Navy from our traitor president. It is time we all started standing up for our beliefs and our rights as citizens. It is time for us to take our country back. It is time for us to take a stand and give the US government a big middle finger, just like the Navy did.