Leadership: April 11, 2002


The Army has authorized "right shoulder combat patches" for troops deployed to Afghanistan, and those in some surrounding countries. Most of the troops involved are from the 10th Mountain Division, the 101st Airborne Division, the Special Operations Command. Soldiers normally wear their unit patch (divisions or some other units) on the left shoulder, showing their current assignment. But a soldier who has served in combat can wear the patch of the unit he served with on his right shoulder for the rest of his career. This marks combat veterans, but the patches are also authorized for support personnel in a combat theater. The rule is that to be authorized such a patch, a soldier must be "exposed to the threat of hostile action or fire, directly or indirectly".--Stephen V Cole


Article Archive

Leadership: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close