If you live in America you might have noticed that the military is full of meaningful tradition and symbols.
Now, here is one unique thing about the U.S. military uniforms, some of you may have noticed: the flag patch that is reversed when viewed from the right side. There is some fascinating reasons for this anomaly.
Namely, according to Army Regulation 670-1: ‘The American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right’.
‘When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.’
That is the official explanation, but this brings us to the next question: what does that mean exactly? When you view a solder from the right side, his flag patch is meant to look like a real flag which is being carried forward into battle.
And guess what? This does not go only for the uniforms. Next time you see a US-flagged aircraft take a closer look at it, you will notice a ‘reverse’ flag painted on the right side of the aircraft.
And just in case you wonder if the red, white and blue flag on a camouflaged uniform defeats the purpose of camouflage, you are right! This is why the Army Battle Dress Uniform was updated and the flag patch is now a camouflage muted color.