According to recent reports, the U.S. Navy approved a re-design of their uniforms, allowing sailors to wear “Don’t Tread on Me” flag patches on some uniforms.
Not long ago, Barack Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rocked the boat when it suggested that the Gadsden Flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake about to strike and the words “Don’t Tread on Me”, might be racist.
Despite that decision, as of October, any sailor who is wearing the “NWU Type III” uniform can wear the patch during garrison and non-tactical exercises or operations.
“During tactical deployment exercises and operations, a tactical DTOM and Reverse Flag patch may be worn at the discretion of the unit commander and approval from the Task Force or Joint Task Force Commander,” the Navy announced in a Navy Administrations Message.
his decision by the Navy puts to rest a controversy prompted by a Republican congressional candidate who two years ago said SEALs had been barred from wearing the symbol because of the political connection to the Tea Party.
What do you think of the Navy’s decision?