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

Originally posted on 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. Chad says:

    Both uniforms are correct. As far as I know, the US Army is the only uniform that display the flag with the blue field of stars to the right instead of the left. The US Army wears the flag with the blue field of stars to the right because that’s the direction the flag would be unfurled in the wind if the soldier was charging ferociously into battle while holding the colors. It’s an infantry thing.

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