Ask the Expert: Is the American flag ‘backward’ on Scout uniforms?

A good look at our Flag and some thoughts on why the Boy Scouts of America and the United States Military (Army in particular) wear the flag of our Nation.

Bryan on Scouting

Ask the Expert: What happened to Bugling merit badge? If you look at the right sleeve of a Boy Scout and of a U.S. soldier, you’ll see American flags on both.

But there’s one big difference. While the Boy Scout’s flag has the blue field of stars at the top left, the soldier’s flag is a reverse-field flag; the field of stars is at the top right.

So which is correct?

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One Response to Ask the Expert: Is the American flag ‘backward’ on Scout uniforms?

  1. Mike Hanson says:

    Jerry, as it was explained to me recently…”the reason military pesonnel wear the flag patch the way they do is so that it represents the stars leading with the stripes trailing” or “the stars always lead”. This is very similar to the way Bryan describes the soldiers heading into battle and not retreating. We recently went through 1st aid/cpr training for our medical response team at work and the firemen/paramedics uniforms are being updated to be like military standard.

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