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Navy SEALs Ordered To Remove “Don’t Tread on Me” Navy Jack From Uniforms

• Oath Keepers
According to Navy SEAL veteran Chris Hagerman, who writes over at, “senior personnel from within WARCOM and Naval Special Warfare are putting out instructions and memos stating that Navy SEALs are no longer authorized to wear the ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ patch on their combat uniforms.”
Here is the text of one such memo, posted by Hagerman:


WARCOM and GROUP TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn on the sleeve.

All personnel are only authorized to wear the matching “AOR” American Flag patch on the right shoulder.  You are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread On Me” patch.

Again the only patch authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass the word to all.


Senior Enlisted Advisor

[Name Redacted]

This is not sitting well with Hagerman and other SEALs.  Here is some of what Hagerman had to say:
The “Don’t Tread On Me” flag or First Navy Jack has flown on naval ships throughout our history including during the American Revolutionary War.  The rattlesnake is especially significant and symbolic.  The rattle has thirteen layers, signifying the original Thirteen Colonies.

Official Navy instruction has authorized all naval ships to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War On Terror.

Why is it then that senior personnel from within WARCOM and Naval Special Warfare are putting out instructions and memos stating that Navy SEALs are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread on Me” patch on their combat uniforms along with other custom patches?

I have heard some defend this action stating that it is due to trying to maintain uniformity between the operators.  We all know that is complete garbage.

(Read the rest here).


We have heard other SEALs say that the reason for this change in policy is that DOD believes that the “Don’t Tread on Me” Navy Jack is a symbol related to, or associated with, “extremist” organizations.   We have not confirmed this, and the DOD has not put out an official statement laying this out as the reason, but it wouldn’t at all surprise us.   Today, simply quoting the Founding Fathers, or expressing the same beliefs in inherit individual liberty that drove them to take up arms against the British Empire (which they had been part of, until declaring their independence), is a short track to being labeled an “extremist.”  So, it stands to reason that any symbols and insignia that relate back to that “Spirit of 76″ and the American Revolution would be hated by the current regime and its supporters, who would love to erase all such ideas and history from the minds of Americans (and certainly fear active duty military even thinking about such ideas and expressions of resolve).   And such a policy certainly fits right in with the recently disclosed Army briefings, such as those at Ft. Hood, that labeled the Tea Party and Christians as “extremists” and potential terrorism threats.

Problem is, for the Regime, stamping out our culture is not that easy to do, and can’t be done just by banning the wearing of the Navy Jack and other insignia, and using SPLC propaganda in deployment briefings.   Just where do they think guys who become Navy SEALs come from?    Same place where guys who become U.S. Army Special Forces, Rangers, 82nd Airborne, Marine Scout Snipers, Force Recon, Marine infantry, etc. come from.   And the same places most of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coasties come from.  They come from traditional American families, most of them self-identifying as “Christians,” many of which have proud military service traditions spanning back through many generations, with their fathers, uncles, Grandfathers, and great-uncles all serving.   And especially when you talk about our trigger pullers at the tip of the spear, more often than not, they come from the more rural parts of this nation (which the elites consider “flyover” country), where they grew up hunting, shooting, and driving the back-roads in their ATVs and pick-up trucks.    in other words, they come from the very segment of society that the radical “progressives” (i.e. communists and socialists) loath, hate, and fear the most.

How many U.S. Marines or Army Airborne come from “Progressive” households?   You know the answer.  Not many.

And that poses a serious problem for the Regime.   How does it successfully demonize over half the nation, and convince the current serving to see that “traditional” half of the nation as “the enemy” for future domestic operations, when the overwhelming majority of those very same current serving military come from that half of the country?

Good luck with that.  There are not enough DHS and private contractor Stasi wannabees to get it done.    The Regime will have to either somehow convince most of the current serving to fire on their own flesh and blood – to kill their own veteran uncles, brothers, fathers, and Grandfathers, or it will have to bring in “outside” help.

Oath Keepers


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