Thanks for everyone's input so far. It is nice to see that I'm not the only one who collects modified jackets. It is interesting to see that most of the pictures avaliable of the modified jackets being worn are 2001 to the present. You don't see a lot of pictures of these being worn pre-9/11, even though they were extensively used before that time period.
As to who modified these jackets, I believe it was a combination of a unit and individual mods. I have seen several jackets that would lead me to believe that the person who sewed them on was less than profecient with a sewing machine! However, I do agree that most of the jackets I've seen are professionally done and look like they were modified at a unit level.
If you look at the pictures of the modified jackets that people have posted, most of them have angled pockets for ease of access and most of the pictures are post-9/11. There seemed to be a shift in the angle of these pockets about that time. I'm not sure why. Perhaps combat expereince made people change their minds about pocket placement.
Another little sidenote and this may be totally coincidental, when it comes to Ranger modified jackets, all the ones I've come across have black velcro on the sleeve pockets. I am not 100% sure why. Maybe a unit requirement. Usually, the other branches use tan or olive green velcro on the pockets.
As far as material for pocket closure, both velcro closure and button closures can be found. Granted, velcro is the most predominant, but buttons can still be found in use. This is especially true on some of the older modifications.
Let me make this statement, there are no absolute rules for modified jackets. I have seen so many combinations of pocket placement, types of pocket closures, velcro color, etc. that saying that anything is emphatically this way is impossible. Most of these garments were either unit modified or individually modified, so the variations are many. The variety is why I like these jackets so much. Every time you buy one, there may be some small subtle difference than the one you bought last time. Thanks for everyone's replies and keep them coming.
p.s. Mr.X- NICE collection!!!!!!!!!
Edited by nkomo, 25 June 2008 - 03:27 AM.