Navy SEALs have reportedly been ordered to stop wearing the ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ symbol on their uniform. The Navy Jack has been a symbol of patriotism in the United States for over 200 years. Now, the emblem is considered too radical by some officials in the government.

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Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie shared an email his ex-colleagues received from a senior enlisted advisor. It reads in part, “[…] 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.”

Higbie said there’s a growing gap between the lower ranks and the top brass due to politics. He said higher ranking officials are stuck between the policies of the Obama administration, but added, “[They’re] going to have to choose: career or country.”

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