Search for “Recon Tab” in all the pertinent U.S. Army manuals—DA 670-1, AR 670-1, AR 600-8-22—and you’re going to come up empty-handed because the Army has never authorized such a tab or patch for wear with any type of uniform. Tabs are issued to indicate successful completion of a particular school or course (Ranger, Special Forces, etc.), service in a specific type of unit (Airborne, Mountain, Honor Guard, and so forth), or special achievement (President’s Hundred).

But this doesn’t mean that Recon tabs were never worn by Soldiers on their uniforms. Army history is replete with tales of Soldiers crafting customized insignias and patches for wear without bothering to consult issuing authorities, and even today veterans recall their unit commanders permitting them to wear the Recon tab. Indeed, one such unofficial tab—Sapper—was eventually designated as an authorized patch for those who have successfully completed the Sapper Leader Course held at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

Having said that, we feel obligated to reiterate that our Recon tab patch is not authorized for wear on Army uniforms. It does, however, make an excellent conversation starter when worn on civilian clothing items such as hats, jackets, shirts, and hoodies!

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