Re: Flags on uniforms
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 12:59:54 -0500
>> From: Streeter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> To: email@example.com
>> Subject: FLAGS on UNIFORMS!
>> My husaband is an animal control officer and a former boyscout, eagle
>> scout. His boss has gotten uniforms for everyone to wear and there is
>> now a controversy as to which arm the flag is supose to be displayed >>on.
>> Do you know?
Let's first ask the generic question: Are we talking BOY SCOUT UNIFORMS or
are we talking ANIMAL CONTROL/CITY/COUNTY uniforms??
Makes a big difference in the answer, Tammy. I'm going to assume both in my
response (and excuse me, but I've just got out of the car after a 14 hour
trip and the thinking may not be as sharp as usual! ):
BOY SCOUT: The United States Flag is an OPTIONAL item which may be worn by
members of the BSA. Newer uniforms have the flag pre-sewn on the RIGHT
SHOULDER, first position (below the shoulder seam). If the United States
Flag emblem is NOT WORN, NO OTHER EMBLEM is to be worn (for instance, a
state flag emblem or the Confederacy flag emblem).
A two by one inch US Flag emblem is available from local Council service
centers or direct from the BSA's Supply Division. Lots of patch traders may
GIVE you their extras that they got from older Scout shirts.
Why is the US Flag emblem worn on the right?? The flag first appeared as
part of the BSA's official uniforming in 1971. The first reference to the
US flag appears in the Eighth Edition, first printing of the Scout Handbook
(1972) in an illustration of how to wear the flag on the uniform. Simply
put, the only reason why the US Flag goes on the shirt where it goes is out
of tradition: the Patrol medallion has always been worn 2 inches below the
shoulder seam on the right shoulder; the city and state strips have always
been worn at the top of the left shoulder seam, which didn't leave any space
for the US Flag if they would have thought of it.
I have a suspicion of why the emblem suddenly found it's way onto the BSA's
uniforms: The Apollo moon missions, in which astronauts wore the flag
emblem on the right side topmost of their suits.
CITY/COUNTY: The prevailing city/county placement of the US Flag has been
on the right side of the shirt or on both sides of the shirt in the case of
firemen (never understood that). The left side has always been *reserved*
for the city/county emblem. I can't tell you why that's so, but there is
some military significance as unit emblems denoting "present unit of
assignment" in the Army is always worn on the left shoulder at the topmost
position. During the Iraqi War, US military members would wear a larger US
flag on the right shoulder above any other emblems. The same has been true
for US forces today in Bosnia, Hungary, and Croatia. The left side has
traditionally been the place where you "told people" who you belong to and
the right side "told" from which nation you come from.
Hope that helped out, Tammy and Thomas....sorry if the answer sounds weird
(I've reread it and it sounds funny to me....).
It's a great question, though!!!
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