a. Description. Shoulder patches are optional for personal purchase and wear with the NWU Type II and III. Patches mandated for wear will be procured and issued by the command directing its wear. Authorized shoulder patch designs include Don’t Tread On Me (DTOM), Reverse U.S. Flag (RF) and Command/Unit Logos.
(1) DTOM and RF patches. DTOM and RF shoulder patches authorized for wear on the NWU Type II and III will be rectangular in shape, 2-1/8 x 4 inches or 2-1/8 x 3-3/4 inches in dimension and in subdued matching colors and NWU pattern less black pixels of the NWU worn (that is, the camouflage fabric will only contain green, olive, and tan coloring). Patches with black in the camo are not authorized for wear. Shoulder patches are of embroidered (figure 3603.4a-1) or laser cut (figure 3603.4a-2) construction. There are two variants of laser cut DTOM and RF shoulder patches: Tactical and non-tactical. Laser-cut tactical and non-tactical DTOM and RF patches are similar in outward appearance, but are distinguishable by the black backing that makes up the stripes, stars, snake, and DON’T TREAD ON ME. Tactical laser cut patches have shiny Infra Red (IR) taped backing while non-tactical laser cut patches have woven nylon backing.
(2) Command/Unit Logo shoulder patches. With commanding officer’s concurrence, command/unit logo shoulder patches may be optionally worn in lieu of the DTOM shoulder patch. The Command/unit logo patch will be 2-1/8 x 4 inches or 2-1/4 x 4 inches in dimension with subdued matching NWU color logo and lettering (green, olive, tan, and black coloring). Command/unit logo patches will be embroidered only. The design of command/unit logo shoulder patches must be approved by the unit commanding officer.
b. Correct Wear. Wear shoulder patches squarely and centered over the Velcro pile located on the left and right shoulder pocket flap. The DTOM and Command Logo shoulder patches are worn on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type II and III. The RF patch is worn similarly on the right shoulder pocket flap. Only matching construction shoulder patches will be worn (embroidered or laser cut) together. Wearing patches of different construction (mix and match) is unauthorized. Command Logo shoulder patches may only be worn in lieu of the DTOM patch when the command logo chest patch is not worn on the uniform. Wearing two command patches (right breast pocket and shoulder) is unauthorized. Tactical shoulder patches (with shiny/IR tape backing) are provided by the issuing command and worn during tactical training exercises and deployed tactical missions when determined by the unit commander and Task Force Commander.