Noticed the other day that US Army Rangers (and possibly other units as well) wear an arm flash of the US flag, with the blue square (stars) in the upper right hand corner, instead of the upper left hand corner, where it is usually depicted.
Anyone know the story behind the ‘backward’ flag on soldiers’ arms?
We’re not talking about walls here. The only place where you see U.S. flags with the field of stars on the right are on the right side of vehicles or uniforms so that the flag appears to be flying in the breeze as the vehicle or wearer moves forward.
You can see this other places as well, such as on Air Force 1.
Soldiers are emulating the tradition of a flag being carried in battle, in which case, those people on the right side of the flag would see it with the blue field on the right, as the flag flies toward the rear. Ever see an airplane with a “backwards” flag on the right side of the tail? Same thing.
:rolleyes: No, a soldier is not a “moving vehical” [sic].
As acsenray stated, real flags (the cloth kind) have two sides. You can see the stars and stripes from either side. There is no “backwards.” It just depends on the orientation of the flag compared to the viewer. Flag decals/patches placed on the sides of moving objects often reflect this.
Every Army soldier deploying as part of an expiditionary force (Iraq, Afganistan) wear the flag on the right shoulder. Soon (if not already) the Army Chief of staff is going to order all soldiers to wear the flag. This is to show that those in support roles elsewhere are still important to the effort overseas and to show that they are part of the war against terrorism anywhere they may be stationed. There is going to be a long period for everyon to comply due to a shortage of patches.