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Modified BDU. Chest pockets relocated to arms with Velcro closure and large Velcro squares added. Hip pockets relocated to chest at a slight inward angle, and Velcro added for name tapes. I found this one outside Ft. Bragg.

 

 

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Modified BDU. Chest pockets relocated to arms with Velcro closure and Velcro on pockets and flaps. IR squares also sewn on with male Velcro strips indicating "A+" blood type used to cover IR squares when not needed. Velcro backed IR US flag patch. Hip pockets relocated to chest with Velcro added for name tapes. I found this outside Ft. Bragg.

 

 

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Modified BDU. "Ghosting" of hip pockets, name tape, NCO rank, Airborne and Air Assault badges, and Special Forces SSI with Special Forces Tab. It is common practice for Soldiers to have "Garrison" uniforms and "Field" uniforms. Field uniforms evolve from garrison uniforms that become faded, torn, or stained, and no longer pass standards for garrison use. I believe that this uniform was at one time a garrison uniform that was later modified once it became a field uniform. Hip pockets relocated to arms and Velcro squares added. Strobe pouch sewn to right arm. Luminescent "Cats Eyes" or "Ranger Eyes" sewn on back of collar. I found this one outside Ft. Bragg early into the GWOT, and believe it to be pre-GWOT.

 

 

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US Special Forces used and modified BDU combat set.

It is cut to be like the Crye G2 combat set. Knee and elbow pads have been added.

The combat shirt has had a piece of Under Armor shirt added to the bottom as a way to lengthen it so it could be tucked into the pants. Probably used in the 2010-2014 time frame (thanks, Jimmy)

 

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Always looking for US and foreign militaria from the Central American wars circa 1970-1990

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Hi!

I'm new here, but as I noticed conversation about theater made name tapes I thought it is a right place to show my find. I bought this US Navy Seabees M65 field coat with an aluminum zipper some time ago and the reason was these hand made tapes. They are not machine sewn but stencilled on a WWII USMC frog skin camo or the other side of the Mitchel; I cannot guess. Has anyone idea what is this? I was also trying to guess what patch was attached to the left arm velcro?   

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One of my first projects. I called it " Green Horses" as this was the expression used by foreign friend referring to Berlins Brandenburger Gate with the Quadriga on it. The embroidery is handmade and so is the print. The print refelct exact the sign at Checkpoint Charly. In the center you may see what I call the souldboard. It contains all the informations we could collect. By adding this kind of patch we secure that the informations will remain regardless who wons the jkt. the most of the seams were repaired with small soft leather to make them lasting and also adding some value

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I recently obtained some modified MARPAT utilities that have velcro modifications done to them, which confuse me as Marines don't really wear insignia the way the Army does, and I've never run into modified Marine uniforms like I had BDU RAID mods.

 

They weren't advertised in any special way, being sold as generic MARPAT uniforms with no acknowledgement of the velcro modifications. The seller told me he lives near a base and just buys surplus to resell.

 

The first uniform has velcro added to both shoulder pockets and nametape area, and came with 2 nametapes hidden inside one of the pockets; One being a US NAVY tape and the other being of the sailor's name. It also came with a boonie that had velcro squares sewn to the top and bottom of the hat. Does anyone know of any Navy service that uses MARPAT and would have an incentive to modify the uniforms in this way?

 

The second set I got had similar modifications, with velcro being added to the sleeve pockets and nametape areas. This one did not have nametapes, but the 8 point cap that it came with had a name and "Scout Sniper Platoon" scribbled inside. The seller did not mention this or include a picture of this in his ad, so I don't think it was added to drive up the price; I got these for pretty cheap.

 

Of course, I acknowledge its possible someone could have added the velcro themselves, but considering the seller didn't attempt to use this as a way to charge more, and did not seem to notice the modifications at all, leads me to wonder what exactly the origin of this is. Anyone else have examples of similar things being done? The only explanation I can think of is some sort of Marine/Navy organization like MARSOC, though finding pictures of this is difficult since I can't tell if they're wearing blouses or combat shirts. The seller also had a set in desert MARPAT, presumably from the same source. I would expect those to be more common than woodland sets, but I do not know.

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On 6/14/2020 at 8:05 PM, tonkatsudonuts said:

 

 

The first uniform has velcro added to both shoulder pockets and nametape area, and came with 2 nametapes hidden inside one of the pockets; One being a US NAVY tape and the other being of the sailor's name. It also came with a boonie that had velcro squares sewn to the top and bottom of the hat. Does anyone know of any Navy service that uses MARPAT and would have an incentive to modify the uniforms in this way?

 

The second set I got had similar modifications, with velcro being added to the sleeve pockets and nametape areas. This one did not have nametapes, but the 8 point cap that it came with had a name and "Scout Sniper Platoon" scribbled inside. The seller did not mention this or include a picture of this in his ad, so I don't think it was added to drive up the price; I got these for pretty cheap.

 

Of course, I acknowledge its possible someone could have added the velcro themselves, but considering the seller didn't attempt to use this as a way to charge more, and did not seem to notice the modifications at all, leads me to wonder what exactly the origin of this is. Anyone else have examples of similar things being done? The only explanation I can think of is some sort of Marine/Navy organization like MARSOC, though finding pictures of this is difficult since I can't tell if they're wearing blouses or combat shirts.

 

The US Navy tabbed one is likely to be for a Navy corpsman (medic). The Navy traditionally supply the medics for USMC units. Maybe he is the medic for the Scout Sniper Platoon.

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On 6/14/2020 at 12:05 PM, tonkatsudonuts said:

Marines don't really wear insignia the way the Army does,

 

Was some of the the velcro for  IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) patches?

 


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This may contribute somewhat to the conversation.

 

Direct acquisition from a 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion (now 1st Raider Battalion) plank holder.  The desert MarPat has the same sleeve velcro but no velcro for BOS / Name.  Nothing sewn on either. (If someone can flip the picture I'd appreciate it.  Thanks.)

 

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No caption but photo has been on internet since 2013 and the men a Philippine National Police.

 

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Company B 1st Reconnaissance Battalion near Sangin, Afghanistan 19 Oct 2010 during op Eastern Endeavor. Still from USMC video by Col. William J, Faffler

 

 

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Company B 1st Reconnaissance battalion at a PB near Sangin, Afghanistan on 19 Nov 2010 during Op Eastern Endeavor. Stills from USMC video by Cpl William J. Faffler.

In the video its possible to see the first has sewn nametapes

 

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Company B 1st Reconnaissance battalion conduct a key leader engagement near Sangin, Afghanistan 21 Oct 2010 during Op Eastern Endeavor. Still from USMC video by Cpl. William J. Faffler

 

 

 

 

 

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