SEALS Forbidden to Wear Navy Jack Because it Resembles Tea Party Flag


At least that’s the interpretation of Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL.

The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.

So why would ranking SEAL commanders ban the historical symbol? Is the proverbial top bass banning the flag? Is President Obama?

During my two deployments to Iraq, “Don’t  Tread on Me” was a phrase seen on nearly every uniform and platoon space — including mine. From patches to flags to large paintings on concrete barriers, our commanders themselves wore the insignia on their sleeves — until now.

Perhaps this is why so many of my former teammates felt compelled to send me the email below. They may not be able to expose the administration’s travesty, but I can. The email, dated October 22, reads:


WARCOM and GROUP TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn on the sleeve.

All personnel are only authorized to wear the matching “AOR” American Flag patch on the right shoulder.  You are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread On Me” patch.

Again the only patch authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass the word to all


Senior Enlisted Advisor

[Name Redacted]

When a friend of mine asked his leadership the same question, he was told, “The Jack is too closely associated with radical groups.” We must assume that this thought policeman embedded in the SEAL community is speaking of the Tea Party, whose flag (which also dates from the American Revolution) depicts a snake with the same defiant slogan as The Navy Jack.

At the rate that Obama is wrecking the military, the Navy Jack will be replaced with the Gay pride rainbow flag.


  • Gee

    I sure hope that the SEAL 100% ignore the directive – it is in violation with a written order. The written order supersedes any directives

  • Elizabeth capecod

    How stupid can this be? If the tea party adopted the american flag as their symbol, what would the anti tea party people do then??

    • Daniel Greenfield

      ban the flag

      If you think it can’t happen, look at the UK or the number of stories here about the flag being banned

      • Elizabeth capecod

        It’s getting to that point –
        Flag lapel pins in official photos is forbidden.

        • Tan

          The US and Europe are in very similar circumstances. Europe is just a warning as to what’s coming to the US. Next thing you know the cross and the star of david will be band. Stuff like that has happened in the UK and Europe already.

      • pfbonney

        Candidate Senator Obama initially refused to wear the flag lapel pin when he first started his run for the White House (and, I’m sure, even before that). No doubt he hates wearing it even now.

        (Speaking of “Senator” Obama, at least a Republican won his old Senate seat – legitimately – after he vacated it to occupy the White House.)

  • oneteedoffpatriot

    Note to Seals: The Potomac is near the White House.

  • Tan

    This is very appalling. And as far as I’m aware, Obama is trying to get US soldiers to come under the control of Homeland Security. He is obviously trying to get around the Posse Comitatus Act and violate it so he can use US soldiers on his command. And he’s obviously trying to re-indoctrinate US soldiers when his people or the Muslim Brotherhood (or whoever) says that Christians and Tea Party members are the terror threat in the US. I bet Obama’s next step will be to make the Tea Party a illegal political party.

    • ziggy zoggy

      How long till Barack Hussein Obama starts promoting muslims to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and making them Admirals, Skippers, Generals, etc?

      Somebody shot up LAX today and the LA Times and LA police are claiming it was done by a “White” male with an “assault rifle.” Why do I smell Obama style bull$hit all over this?

      • Veracious_one

        How long till Barack Hussein Obama starts promoting muslims to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and making them Admirals, Skippers, Generals, etc?
        it’s already started..Obama has appointed many Muslims to administration positions…

      • truebearing

        John Brennan is reportedly a Muslim.

        The shooter was an off-duty TSA agent.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    This is ridiculous. The Navy Jack looks nothing like the Gadsden Flag, which we in the Tea Party use.

    • Scott Andrews

      Hell, I’m not even a TEA Party member (although I share many of the same views) and I fly the Gadsden Flag in front of my house day and night except on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Independence Day, when Old Glory flies in its place. If that brands me a “radical,” then fine — that puts in me company with other such “radicals” that support our Constitution and have a fierce dislike of tyranny.

  • truebearing

    Obama is destroying our military for the same reason he is destroying health care: he fundamentally hates the United States and is turning it into a weakened, subordinate state to a world government.

    His fingerprints are all over this flag move, just as they are with his purging of military officers, starting with four star generals, down to majors. This unprecedented purge of military officers has devastated the morale of the troops, and is reducing our military’s effectiveness dramatically.

    Obama’s agenda for the military is to feminize it with women in combat and homosexuals moved unmeritoriously into positions of power (Ernst Rohm and his flaming Brownshirts would be right at home).

    Soldiers are reporting being asked if they would shoot American citizens if so ordered.

    I believe the handwriting is on the wall.

    • GSR

      Exactly right but who will stop it? The GOP? They are too busy pandering to the so called “Hispanic” community (aka, illegal alien community).

      • Mike

        Yeah man, all us hispanics are totally illegal aliens. Moron. You’re the reason the GOP sucks.

        • truebearing

          You are misunderstanding his comment. He isn’t saying anything derogatory about Hispanics. He’s knocking the GOP for deceptively calling illegal aliens the “Hispanic Community” in a pathetic attempt to get votes.

          The Hispanic community in America is made up of legal citizens, not people who don’t respect our immigration laws. The Democrats and the Republican establishment continue to talk about Hispanics who are here illegally as if they are citizens, which is ridiculous.

        • Sharon Kidwell

          Let me say something about the Hispanic community! You come over here illegally, have tons of children, work under the table and collect food, rental, and health insurance from in the form of social services from American citizens! You are leeches and if I had my way, You would have been shot coming over the border! You don’t belong here – you are here illegally and what part of illegal do you not understand you leech! You are not entitled to my money! You drive expensive cars because you get our tax dollars to eat and live on and then spend what you make on luxuries! Go back to your country – you are a burden on the American taxpayers!

          • Jean-Louis Chaumont

            Not true … there are many honorable hispanic people working hard, paying taxes and contribute to the wealth of the US … who is picking fruits in Cal? who is making the dirty jobs americans don’t want to do?

    • Bryan Schmick

      It began some time ago with all Army personnel being required to wear an elite beret.

  • pennant8

    This directive only makes sense if the commander issuing it was trying to keep uniforms “uniform”, in other words trying to head off a trend where people are adding other non-standard patches to their own liking. But where he went off the rails is with the tea party reference. I find it a little hard to believe that this commander is unaware that all USN ships currently fly this jack when in port. The tea party flag is actually known as the Gadsden flag. The colonists had another flag depicting a snake severed into several pieces with the words “Join or Die.” It was a call to unity against the crown.

    • Bryan Schmick

      I have no problems with elite groups such as the seals having an elite patch to display their ability to make it into a difficult group.

    • Drakken

      This directive is PC theater to make a Comrade Obummer perfumed prince happy. this directive contradicts what the Navy has been doing since 2002 and signals to the rest of the troops that the so called war on terror is over and that we are going to go after muslim jihadist with a law enforcement mindset instead of a military one, bloody pathetic.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    It’s as bad as calling a sports team something offensive, like Redskins.

    We can’t have that if we are to transform the nation and the world in to a new phase of hope and change for an egalitarian future where all will be blissful and the rest will be dead.

    And besides, snakes are so offensive. Come on you guys. Grow up.

  • Veracious_one

    If I were President…SEALS could wear any patch that makes them feel proud to be a SEAL….as could Marines, Airmen, Submariners, Rangers, Coastguardsmen or any other group of real men willing to fight and die for you…

  • Bryan Schmick

    If the tea party adopted the US flag as it’s symbol, would our president demand lowering the flag now and forever?

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Perhaps we ought to test it. I fought for and carried that flag, before. I’d be willing to do so, again.

    • Ed FDNYRetiree

      He already has!

  • NJK

    So, moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, young and old, those who pay the bills, are radical groups? Why are our own military selling out the American people and the Constitution? Why are they following the directions of a impostor president? I never thought something like this would happen to America. I thought our country was somehow different, that freedom and independence were ingrained in our military. How betrayed I feel. I could never trust this govt. again. I don’t think it would matter who is in there anymore. I’ll just never feel safe here again.

    It wasn’t enough to set several Seals up for murder, while our entire Congress, seems disinterested in how it happened. He now has to do this, to the Seals, while this same Congress joins him in his attacks on the American people, aka Tea Party.

  • thfan

    Nowhere is there proof of this.. No proof then it’s lies..righting nutjob’s lies.

  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    All of this leads to one narrow road: The driveway to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — the residence of the traitorous Muslim-in-Chief.

  • gregtuco

    Speaking of snakes, that brood of vipers currently nesting in the White House and Capitol Hill at large, are way overdue their comeuppance.

    The general public is still under its bovine-like spell of Fearless Leader, King Barack, and probably will be in ’16– enough to elect “What Difference Does It Make At This Point?” (unless the horrors of Obamacare haven’t stunned them into consciousness by then).

    At some point, the military establishment HAS to say “ENOUGH!”. This lying huckster’s decimation of top level, career military brass, cannot continue without repercussions. Where is the vaunted “Military Industrial Complex” when you really need them? This cannot be going unnoticed by them.

    Something has to break in this country soon. The US is well on it’s way to banana republicHOOD anyway. Will we be subjected to the requisite military coup? IS there such thing as a righteous military coup in the USA?

  • NeverAgain

    Our True Military will not fire on us. With N0bama going after them and asking them to go against their oath? I say he just pissed them off and when he sees the guns turned on them I would love to see his face

  • John Russelman

    Obama is doing to the USA what Lenin did for Russia…