"Surplus" uniform/ bad optics, or good business?

It's what a US Army recruiter told me.

Then he was wrong as well.

Okay the reason for it is.

To make it look as though the flag is flying in the breeze as the person wearing it moves forward (Yeah I know). That is the official reason for it.
 
According to Army Regulation 670-1: ‘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. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the ‘reverse side flag’.’

You just beat me to it. It also applies to Police and any other of the emergency services who wear it.
 
Anyways not all Police wear the US flag on their upper arm. Montana doesn't and most State Police forces don't either. The usually have a patch that represents the State they work in on each arm.
 
I can see why people embellish the reason slightly and it's interesting to hear that the different branches/services have their own sort of story behind it that gets passed on.

Seems to me that it's always been the way of people in the Armed Forces, no matter which country they serve.
 
Anyways not all Police wear the US flag on their upper arm. Montana doesn't and most State Police forces don't either.The usually have a patch that represents the State they work in on each arm.
Is that so if they stray over the border, and get lost, the locals know where to return them to?:eek:

"Policemen are numbered, in case they get lost". Spike milligan 1973 :p
 
Is that so if they stray over the border, and get lost, the locals know where to return them to?

It's only the Wyoming lads and the tattie farmers from Idaho that get lost, we were forever escorting them to the State line and telling them to drive South for Wyoming and West for Idaho and we always had to point out the direction for them.
 
I was under the impression that you were formally a cop on that side of the pond? The reason I ask is the US military seem to hand out medals with breakfast and I was curious about any crossover to police service. British police are permitted to wear military medals, a senior officer sometimes does a telly press conference etc in service dress with ribbons. The occasional GSM ribbon etc can be seen.

British Police cadet for a couple of years, then a copper for a couple of years, and then (some time after the army) a Special Constable before moving to the US. When I was a Special I got to know some police chaps whilst on holiday over here and was invited to join them as a ride along whenever I came over on holiday........usually the days the wife wanted to sunbathe next to a swimming pool. I have gotten to know a few good cops since moving here too.

I never bothered wearing my GSM as a Special.
 
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Yup!
 
Do you still have ex militery types living in the forests and woods, all geared up for the coming apocalypse-zombi -Martian invasion.?:roll:

Of course we do! Doesn't every country have them?
 
I was under the impression that they had US flags just to remind themselves where they lived, the American grasp of geography being what it is.
Not really, it's called pride, What's your lot's excuse?

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Not really, it's called pride, What's your lot's excuse?

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So every policeman/woman, parking attendant village idiot feels sufficient pride to purchase an American flag and sew it on as a sign of national pride? Could you tell me why Americans of certain heritages will tell you they are Polish Americans, Irish Americans etc, that would not appear to be a sign of pride in your nationality. More flags on houses than a Nuremberg rally, more a sign of national insecurity.
 
So every policeman/woman, parking attendant village idiot feels sufficient pride to purchase an American flag and sew it on as a sign of national pride? Could you tell me why Americans of certain heritages will tell you they are Polish Americans, Irish Americans etc, that would not appear to be a sign of pride in your nationality. More flags on houses than a Nuremberg rally, more a sign of national insecurity.

You really have no clue and I'm fecked if I'm going to explain it to you after reading the pile of garbage you posted.
 
So every policeman/woman, parking attendant village idiot feels sufficient pride to purchase an American flag and sew it on as a sign of national pride? Could you tell me why Americans of certain heritages will tell you they are Polish Americans, Irish Americans etc, that would not appear to be a sign of pride in your nationality. More flags on houses than a Nuremberg rally, more a sign of national insecurity.
Why to you is pride of being an American bad? and the nazi comparison? bad form auld boy, I could as easily say Bloody Sunday was your Warsaw Ghetto razing (But then your royals are Germans who changed their name to assuage the public about Huns)
 
You really have no clue and I'm fecked if I'm going to explain it to you after reading the pile of garbage you posted.
Well you could always pop out into the local woodland, find a dead bear and place your head in its bottom. If you could point out any inaccuracy in my post, do feel free to point it out.
 

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