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IcemanLB  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 12:25:03 PM EST
Can anyone enlighten me on the meaning of the different morale patches. I was looking at buying some but I don't want to offend anyone.



http://stores.greygrouptraining.com/-strse-PATCHES/searchpath/94520536/start/1/total/44/Categories.bok
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ridewaves  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 12:26:41 PM EST
Which ones? Most are pretty self explanatory.
CujoTwoOne  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 1:03:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By IcemanLB:
Can anyone enlighten me on the meaning of the different morale patches. I was looking at buying some but I don't want to offend anyone.



http://stores.greygrouptraining.com/-strse-PATCHES/searchpath/94520536/start/1/total/44/Categories.bok

how about showing us specific patches that you don't understand.

COMPNOR  [Member]
3/20/2011 2:01:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By IcemanLB:
Can anyone enlighten me on the meaning of the different morale patches. I was looking at buying some but I don't want to offend anyone.



http://stores.greygrouptraining.com/-strse-PATCHES/searchpath/94520536/start/1/total/44/Categories.bok


If you're worried about offending, don't worry about the meaning and don't bother buying any.

Thrash1982  [Member]
3/20/2011 3:01:08 PM EST
I'm of the opinion that if you don't know what it means, then you probably shouldn't be wearing it.
Darkstar117  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 4:20:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By Thrash1982:
I'm of the opinion that if you don't know what it means, then you probably shouldn't be wearing it.


NoHarmNoFAL  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 4:38:28 PM EST
is it bad taste for non-mil guys to sport these?
Lapp_Dance  [Member]
3/20/2011 4:52:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
is it bad taste for non-mil guys to sport these?


former .mil, and I have a softshell with velcro on the sleeves, I have only 1 military related patch on it, the "That Guy" tab from milspec monkey...I also have a color version Gadsden Flag. nothing that screams poser in my opinion.
Isenhelm  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 4:56:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
is it bad taste for non-mil guys to sport these?

most of em are just bullshit, humorous slogan patches like trucker hats and bumper stickers...

Pork Eating Crusader
Bang Em All
Infidel Strong
Food Groups
Easy button
Zombie Hunter
WWJBD (What Would Jack Bauer Do)

These are not Mil patches, just junk, I imagine it would be a bad idea to wear them if you are in the mil while working.

If you are not a sniper, or a door kicker, you might not want to wear a "Major League ______" patch... Not that it would really matter, NONE of the people I see wearing NFL, NBA, NHL gear are in or have a snowballs chance in hell of ever being in any of those... apparently there is some set of rules that only apply to things that might suggest support conservative, right wing, 2nd A, patriotic or pro military leanings, interests or values....



Billy_Dee  [Member]
3/20/2011 5:03:20 PM EST
I think the morale patches are cool. I didn't want to look like the guy that thinks he's a military cat and is not though.

I do have the milspec monkey ''monkey head" on my range bag though.

Not too over the top for a civilian I thought.

Nothing wrong with sporting them as long as you don't use military specific ones as a civilian. BD
FairlyLaidBack  [Member]
3/20/2011 5:58:54 PM EST
I have the US, Nevada and "gun girl" flags on my gear. The latter to annoy the hell out of my friends who think this hobby is straight up testosterone and can't get a hard-on unless they imagine chiseled hairless men lovingly applying glistening lube to their weapons.
markfall  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 6:13:28 PM EST
I'd be more worried about offending my own sensibilities by wearing one in the first place.
dpmmn  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 7:14:12 PM EST
I picked up a "Hey Fuck Face" (knock off of North Face) and wear it on my hat, the back side has a small US Flag and Blood type

smokeybehr  [Team Member]
3/20/2011 8:46:45 PM EST
I have the "Space Shuttle Door Gunner" patch on my backpack as a salute to all those posers and their wild claims. I have a bunch of other patches that I rotate around on my hat and range bag. One that always stays on the range bag is a "Secret Squirrel" patch, as it's what a group of us call ourselves because of the nature of some of the things we do. We're not spooks, but some of the stuff we do is of a sensitive nature, like supporting CAMP, wide area surveillance ops, etc.
LonChaney  [Member]
3/21/2011 7:45:07 AM EST
I wear a fun meter patch on my radio mic holder along with an american flag. Been wearing the fun meter for years. Started wearing it as a joke to see how long it would be before i was told remove it (I'm LEO). That was like 8 years ago and Im still wearing it.
bmyk  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 9:16:35 AM EST
I am retired Navy, was never an "operator" and I personally would probably not wear one. To me it is kinda like IPSC guys talking about "kicking doors" in my book. POSER-LICIOUS.... Flags in sub-dued colors, Gadson flags, manufacturer (fan boy) patches and stickers FOR STUFF YOU OWN are all OK in my book. Wearing your blood type and NKA patches to the range, class, or local match????? You have to be kidding.
This is kinda like people who "collect" challenge coins....WTF. Any challenge coin I have ever received has been for a command I served at or from someone saying thanks. Each of these has a special place in my heart and resides in a place of honor...in the box with my personal awards. The ones that mean the most are from ships that I have conducted training on.

IMHO, things like patches and coins should earned, given when deserved and never bought or traded for....

M2C
K1rodeoboater  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 9:26:40 AM EST
I've got a few...that said they gotta be funny for me to bother getting them.

If you're wondering what some of them are just google them. For example KITDFOHS (kept in the dark fed only horse shit)
ArmaNotSoLite  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 9:45:42 AM EST
I've got the tactical trunk monkey one. I thought it was hilarious, once I saw the video. And the "Secret Squirrel" one, too.
rgrprib  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 9:57:11 AM EST
I have a "INFIDEL" tab on my Element Arms baseball cap.

According to the people that would be offended by that - I earned it. It's what they think of me anyway.
felrom  [Member]
3/21/2011 10:18:45 AM EST
IMO, they all mean, "I'm more concerned about looking cool and fitting in than I am with the functionality of my gear." The same goes with blood type patches for anyone who isn't a .mil or LEO or otherwise takes fire for a living.

Patches that identify are okay: blood type (for some people), name, flags, etc.

ymmv....
hellbound  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 10:49:05 AM EST
i have mostly american flags.
i have a couple st michael patches that MSM did a couple years ago b/c i'm afraid of demons...
Kisara  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 11:21:42 AM EST
JoshAR  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 11:35:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By Kisara:
http://i37.tinypic.com/263yq1i.jpg


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JoshAR  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 11:48:22 AM EST
I run all sorts of funny patches. Shooting is fun. Patches are fun to

I have no problem guys running silly patches.

Running real patches they have not earned; that's different.
zirkdog  [Member]
3/21/2011 12:58:59 PM EST
I run a MSM "Shit Magnet' patch on my tactical diaper bag ( Maxpedition Versipack). The irony was too much to pass it up.
I also jumped in on the Tactical Diaper patch craze, and have a flag and "easy" button.

I say have fun with it. it's a way to express yourself. If the patches are just clever, witty, fun, or whatever then got for it. Leave the real "been there done that" patches for those that have, but don't get caught up in who is or who isn't a poser and who is or isn't playing dress up at the range. In life, the posers tend to weed themselves out or move on to the next gimmick.
dpmmn  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 1:46:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By bmyk:


Wearing your blood type and NKA patches to the range, class, or local match????? You have to be kidding.
This is kinda like people who "collect" challenge coins....WTF. Any challenge coin I have ever received has been for a command I served at or from someone saying thanks. Each of these has a special place in my heart and resides in a place of honor...in the box with my personal awards. The ones that mean the most are from ships that I have conducted training on.

IMHO, things like patches and coins should earned, given when deserved and never bought or traded for....

M2C

I was never an operator either and I've never claimed to be one.

I wear my blood type at work, for pure shock value, it's all in fun. I work with a bunch of sheeple.

People ask what the B+ stands for, I tell them it's for Go-Go juice in case I spring a leak

As far as your blood type/challenge coins comment, I think you are a bit off on this one, B+ is what I was born with and it runs through my viens, I dont need to earn it or and it cant be awarded as a token of appreciation from some Officer or Master Chief who has nothing better to do than hand out coins

IMHO, you need to back off the caffine a little bit


AO2 (NAC)



REDX  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 2:22:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By JoshAR:
I run all sorts of funny patches. Shooting is fun. Patches are fun to

I have no problem guys running silly patches.

Running real patches they have not earned; that's different.


+1
I remember the days when we used to fly with the "no fat chicks" patch on our flight helmets, now my CE's fly with FML or other crap but its all in fun. I am partial to the Flying trunk monkey one.though. Hell Tom Cruise made patches cool in TOP GUN.

on a serious note wearing your blood type AT THE RANGE can be a plus in case of an accident.
IcemanLB  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 3:01:47 PM EST
Its not so much the meaning...its more of the will i offend someone by wearing.

Like for example, tactical trunk monkey. I would think i have to be a rear gunner to earn one of those.
COMPNOR  [Member]
3/21/2011 3:14:35 PM EST
You really are over thinking it too much.

If you're worried, don't buy it.
Tango7  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 3:29:49 PM EST
I run my "A NEG" patch to increase my CGF* (I know in my AO (urban/suburban) they're gonna type and crossmatch or pump me full of O Neg anyway).

The "NO PEN" just matches my wallet card.

The BFL and "pirate medic star of life"** are... let's call them "lifestyle indicators" more than secret society, better than you or major league anything.

The others are "MEDIC" (duh) a patch from a fellow ARFCOMmer's unit... and of course I fly one of these in memory of Frank the Cat, Lord Happy Cat of Happyceister, although many know him as the I Can Has Cheezburger cat - thus his likeness on the patch:



Sorry for teh hugeness - I'm on a POS PC at work and have to run the basic editor.

*Cool Guy Factor... If you have to ask then you'll never achieve it.








** I run the pirate instead of the spartan since our Fire chief made a comment once that our shift was all mutineers and renegades who were just one action shy of outright insubordination.

Somebody with an artistic bent, a sense of history and an attitude problem may have used his wife's dymo label printer and equipped everybody's fire helmet with a tiny Calico Jack printed on weatherproof material.

Somebody.
rmdye  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 3:49:24 PM EST
i have a couple. i wear the do no harm/do know harm, its on my back packs and trauma packs and crash kits. in my cars. i also have the fuck it we will do it live on my every day saddle bag. since i am known for running stuff from the hip, and being the first person to fix crap when it goes all sideways.

Ronald
bmyk  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 4:24:06 PM EST
AO2 I appreciate your time and service. As far as blood type patches, I was referring to wearing them at the range....the fucking mall...... Maybe I did come on a bit strong...... As far as backing off the caffeine NEVER....

FWIW IMHO as an AO, I think you probably earned any patch you care to wear...as long as it aint FOD (I think the world of anyone who works on a flight deck or flight line.... IM me and I will buy you a cup of coffee....


PS

I never got any coin in formation, from a CO, or a CMC..... and damn sure never bought one.


Originally Posted By dpmmn:

Originally Posted By bmyk:


Wearing your blood type and NKA patches to the range, class, or local match????? You have to be kidding.
This is kinda like people who "collect" challenge coins....WTF. Any challenge coin I have ever received has been for a command I served at or from someone saying thanks. Each of these has a special place in my heart and resides in a place of honor...in the box with my personal awards. The ones that mean the most are from ships that I have conducted training on.

IMHO, things like patches and coins should earned, given when deserved and never bought or traded for....

M2C

I was never an operator either and I've never claimed to be one.

I wear my blood type at work, for pure shock value, it's all in fun. I work with a bunch of sheeple.

People ask what the B+ stands for, I tell them it's for Go-Go juice in case I spring a leak

As far as your blood type/challenge coins comment, I think you are a bit off on this one, B+ is what I was born with and it runs through my viens, I dont need to earn it or and it cant be awarded as a token of appreciation from some Officer or Master Chief who has nothing better to do than hand out coins

IMHO, you need to back off the caffine a little bit


AO2 (NAC)





dpmmn  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 5:20:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By bmyk:
AO2 I appreciate your time and service. As far as blood type patches, I was referring to wearing them at the range....the fucking mall...... Maybe I did come on a bit strong...... As far as backing off the caffeine NEVER....

FWIW IMHO as an AO, I think you probably earned any patch you care to wear...as long as it aint FOD (I think the world of anyone who works on a flight deck or flight line.... IM me and I will buy you a cup of coffee....


PS

I never got any coin in formation, from a CO, or a CMC..... and damn sure never bought one.



Thanks Chief! and Thank Your for your Service!

Just a little strong, kinda like that coffe from the Chief's Mess

It's rare if I have something with a patch, I do like the new style hats because
you can change them out when you want.

I quit drinking coffe back in 1993 and never looked back and I sure do miss it

I never got any Challenge Coins when I was in (got out in 1984)
I did get one from Adm Johnson in 1997 and Gen Pace 2006 for doing a couple of
morale projects with some local schools and deployed service members
Dieter122  [Team Member]
3/21/2011 7:57:47 PM EST
can haz cheesebuger patch...where can i get one?

thats great
TheMirage  [Member]
3/22/2011 12:51:00 AM EST
I see no problem with fun tags.

I see no problem with bloodtype tags in context. At the range, firearm classes, and any activity where it's relevant is accepted.

I don't accept anyone wearing something implying being part of something they aren't such as mil and le tags if you aren't.

Wear what you want but don't wear what you haven't earned. Like I would take offense to non-members wearing Masonic wear.
MEDIKEIGHTED  [Team Member]
3/22/2011 5:47:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tango7:
IThe BFL and "pirate medic star of life"** are... let's call them "lifestyle indicators" more than secret society, better than you or major league anything.

Sorry for teh hugeness - I'm on a POS PC at work and have to run the basic editor.

*Cool Guy Factor... If you have to ask then you'll never achieve it.


** I run the pirate instead of the spartan since our Fire chief made a comment once that our shift was all mutineers and renegades who were just one action shy of outright insubordination.

Somebody with an artistic bent, a sense of history and an attitude problem may have used his wife's dymo label printer and equipped everybody's fire helmet with a tiny Calico Jack printed on weatherproof material.

Somebody.


lmao @ Lifestyle indicators.....always knew you were a fireman at heart


i need to pick up a couple of those medic patches and an easy button
bcauz3y  [Team Member]
3/22/2011 5:51:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By IcemanLB:
Its not so much the meaning...its more of the will i offend someone by wearing.

Like for example, tactical trunk monkey. I would think i have to be a rear gunner to earn one of those.

Fuck 'em.

If they get worked up over your patch, then they are probably fuck-sticks anyway.

Do what makes you happy.
LaserBait  [Team Member]
3/22/2011 8:10:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By REDX:

on a serious note wearing your blood type AT THE RANGE can be a plus in case of an accident.


Hmmm... I wonder if I could find a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) patch...

Tango7  [Team Member]
3/22/2011 11:01:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dieter122:
can haz cheesebuger patch...where can i get one?

thats great


They're available sporadically from Polygon Design.

The one I have is a 1st gen (blk/gry), the 2nd gen is the one in ACU, the third is this one:



Unfortunately I think they're all sold out - sucks 'cause I wanted the ACU one as well.

Maybe if enough folks contact him he'll do another run.

BTW, there's a new one out that I have to pick up:





rict  [Member]
3/23/2011 6:40:09 AM EST
How about these? Not military, but fun "lifestyle" patches:











The wording on the last one doesn't photograph too well, but says "Nuttier then squirrel shit"...with a cartoon of a squirrel. I know, it should be "than" instead of "then", but I didn't make the patch.
Gulbrandr2  [Team Member]
3/23/2011 9:37:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By LaserBait:
Originally Posted By REDX:

on a serious note wearing your blood type AT THE RANGE can be a plus in case of an accident.


Hmmm... I wonder if I could find a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) patch...



Relevant to my interests
w12x40  [Team Member]
3/24/2011 6:11:38 AM EST
I've got a couple US flag patches and a couple Gadsden Flag patches, plus a Tactical Diaper Exchange Kit patch. They're purely for fun. Looking at the Mil-spec Monkey page, I'd wear all of them except the ones implying medic or infantry, because I'm not. A couple of them would make you look like a jackass in public.
223Sauce  [Member]
3/24/2011 9:30:05 AM EST
Real men rock this one.
http://www.sfspatches.com/patches-commercial_aviation.htm



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