The Don't Tread On Me (DTOM) and Reverse U.S. Flag (Reverse Flag) certified Navy patches are the only shoulder patches authorized for wear on the NWU Type II and III, and are manufactured in two designs. (Embroidered and Laser Cut).
1. Embroidered Non-Tactical: fully embroidered, Patches are washable.
2. Laser Cut Non-Tactical and Tactical: Both tactical and non-tactical appearance is the same with the exception of the black backing that makes up the stripes, stars, snake, and DON’T TREAD ON ME. The backing on the non-tactical is a woven nylon fabric, the backing on the tactical is a shiny IR tape. The camo fabric only has green, olive, and tan coloring. Patches with black in the camo are not certified patches. Laser cut patches shall not be washed or dry-cleaned.
The non-tactical and tactical DTOM patch shall be worn on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type III centered on the Velcro pile pad. The non-tactical and tactical Reverse Flag shall be worn on the right shoulder pocket flap centered on the Velcro pile pad. Mixing of the two patch types (embroidered versus laser cut) is not permitted. During tactical deployment training evolutions and tactical operations, the tactical DTOM and Reverse Flag patches may be worn when issued by the command and at the discretion of the unit or Task Force Commander.
The optional wear of an embroidered command/unit shoulder patch is authorized for daily wear in non-tactical environments. The command/unit logo shoulder patch may be worn on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type II/III in lieu of the Don't Tread On Me (DTOM) shoulder patch. Simultaneous wear of the command/unit logo patch and the right breast command logo patch is not authorized. Simultaneous wear of the DTOM shoulder patch and right breast command/unit logo patch is authorized. The command/unit shoulder patch will be two and one-quarter inches by four inches in dimension with subdued matching NWU color embroidered logo and lettering. Command/unit logo shoulder patches are considered optional personal purchase items and are not mandatory for wear or possession. The design of command/unit logo patches must be approved by the unit Commanding Officer.