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    Posted 6 years ago

    scottvez
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    This "old school" Ranger tab dates from the 1990s and was worn on the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU).

    The tab is awarded for completing the US Army Ranger School.

    Congratulations to CPT Griest and LT Haver, who on Friday became the first women to earn the Ranger Tab!

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    Comments

    1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Nice timely post, Scott
    2. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 6 years ago
      Congratulations indeed. I was awarded the Ranger tab in 1969. It is not easy.
    3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Scott, normally I joking ditch the Army.....basically because I'm Marine, but "Congrats" are definitely due to the 2 young women who have completed this training and EARNED their patch. Nice posting in a timely manner.
      Kerry
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      This is just faded. Same thing is used today. Our oldest son is an instructor at ranger school now at various locations. I will post in a moment to verify.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      This one dates from the early 1990s.

      The basic tab is the same-- most from today have velcro backing for attachment.

      Recently the Army went back to allowing sew on badges, but believe the tabs and unit patches are all still velcro.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      HOO-AH, vo!

      It certainly is one of the hardest Army schools.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks chris, kerry and fort!

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking p....

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks kaput.

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks michelle and roy!

      scott
    11. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      You are mostly right on the sew or velcro Scott. Depends on the uniform and the theater or operation. Some are and always have been sew on with certain dress and other dress velcro is used. I am assuming velcro patches makes it easier to get rid of identifying information in a combat situation. My son didn't elaborate but said he would in a future email. He is still an instructor at ranger schools and I hope he stays there until he hits his retirement, he is close. His team flies down here 2 or 3 times a year to train new recruits but we aren't allowed in the areas they are. I am in hopes he will be able to take a few days leave next trip and we can visit. Normally they come as a team and leave as a team.
    12. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Some units do wear sterile uniforms. Also, velcro makes it easier when you change units. In the past, you had to cut off patches/ tabs and then get new ones sewn on.

      Much easier process with velcro-- and significantly cheaper!

      scott
    13. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      Well, at this point in time only the US flag and left and right combat patches are "required" to be velcro. Anywhere else on the uniform patches can be sewn over the velcro. Troops didn't like the velcro so Army Chief of Staff Dempsey decided to make the changes in favor of what the troops wanted. That decision alone was a miracle. FYI they also went back to buttons on cargo pockets rather than velcro.
    14. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      There is no "left" combat patch-- it is called a unit patch.

      As I said in post #5: "Recently the Army went back to allowing sew on badges..."

      The complaint was that the only authorized versions were metal pin on badges-- that is what soldiers disliked. Velcro BADGES were never authorized to my knowledge.

      I retired about 6 years ago, so I am fairly familiar with the ACUs.

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking clockerman.

      scott
    16. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking try.

      RLTW!

      scott
    17. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking tom!

      scott
    18. hotairfan hotairfan, 5 years ago
      Great piece Scott. I hope to see this patch on my grandson soon, he's going through ranger school now.
    19. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Congratulations-- if he sticks with it he will graduate. Most graduates recycle at least one phase, so don't get concerned if he recycles!

      His timing is good. Winter rations with warm weather.

      scott
    20. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks much tom!

      scott

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