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Claim: Navy SEALs were ordered to discontinue wearing the "Don't Tread on Me" uniform patch

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... because it is too closely associated with "radical groups".


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A few days later the Navy Times published an article in response to the Daily Caller piece which quoted U.S. Navy sources as stating that the Navy was "unable to confirm the validity of the email," and that even if it had been issued, it was in error and authorization for Naval Special Warfare personnel to wear the First Navy Jack patch had actually been expanded, not curtailed:

The Navy is flatly denying claims that SEALs are no longer allowed to wear the First Navy Jack patch on their uniforms. In fact, the Navy recently expanded the wear rules for the iconic "Don’t Tread on Me" Patch. A number of concerned readers contacted Navy Times to determine whether these claims were true. The Navy has thus far been unable to confirm the validity of the email from the senior official. If it's legit, then someone in the spec-ops community got their wires crossed. "As of September 2013, all Naval Special Warfare personnel are authorized to wear the U.S. flag and the 'Don't Tread on Me' uniform patches," Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty told Navy Times. "In the past, NSW did not authorize wearing either patch unless one was deployed or in a work-up cycle. However, NSW recently sought special permission from the Chief of Naval Operations staff to wear the patches within the continental United States."


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