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So have you ever wondered when, where, and why units in the Army started wearing unit patches? Well we all the time. So we have done some little research over time and figured we would share our observations with you. So it looks as though the first officially recognized unit Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) happened in 1918 during World War I when the 81st Division went to Europe. Before the unit left Fort Jackson, portions of the unit had unofficial felt patches made of a wildcat and affixed them to their arm of their uniforms. The army officially accepted...

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