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post #11 of 13 Old 08-05-2010, 04:42 PM
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great post please correct me if i am wrong but i see alot of fire and other uniforms that have the shoulder patch on wrong. i was always told the union is supposed to always be the closest to the heart. so in turn the right shoulder patch would actually be sewn on backwards compared to the left shoulder. is this correct???

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Well, you're kinda right. The union always faces forward, but not to be closest to the heart. This is another one that goes way back (the Army has a thing for tradition). Think of the old civil war era battles... there's always the guy in front carrying the flag, leading the troops to battle. Well, going forward, the breeze will carry the flag and blow it so the bars are pointed backward, and the union leads us to battle. And so the union always points forward.
But for EMS and non military uniforms... I don't know if this applies.

Also, adding to my last post... it's a .38 because the first sidearms used by the Army were .32 and .38, .38 being the more popular one. Again, tradition.

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^^ thats more or less what i was told when i was in the Army. My DI said it was cuz we were running into battle.

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