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« on: December 09, 2018, 12:14:31 AM »

Are ranger tabs available for wear on ABUs? I've seen plenty on the BDUs, but I've never any on the ABUs. I was wondering if it's currently out of regs, and if it is, if it will ever be in regs for wear. I'm planning on gaining Ranger Qualifications in the future, so I'd like to know if I can display it on my uniform.

The supplement to 39-1 states:
Left Breast Pocket. One full color patch authorized in Attachment 8-1 through 8-4, with the exception of the Emergency Services patches, Honor Guard Shield (attachment 8-4) and Ranger tabs, may be sewn to the shirt centered on the lower portion of the left breast pocket between left and right edges and bottom of flap and pocket of ABU shirt. One Service Badge shown in Attachment A6-1, may be worn in this position with the exception of the National Staff Badge which is worn on the right pocket.
This is the only place that mentions the ranger tabs in the supplement, and it isn't very easy to tell if this means that the ranger tab can't be worn at all, or just not on the pocket.

Contrastingly, the full version of 39-1 says:
Quote CAP Ranger Tab. One CAP Ranger tab earned at the Hawk Mountain
activity may be sewn centered immediately above and touching the “Civil Air Patrol” tape on the BDU
uniform. Aviation or Occupational badges worn above this will be placed so that the insignia is ˝ inch
above the Ranger Tape, rather than measuring from the “Civil Air Patrol” tape.

So, judging from these two excerpts, what do you think? Are the Ranger Tabs OK for ABU wear? If not, when will they be, if ever? I've heard rumors of an update to the regs coming out soon. Do you think more explicit information will be included?

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 01:10:41 AM »

No; you cannot wear the ranger tab on ABUs. The ABU supplement lists all the badges etc. that can be worn on the ABU and the only places that Attachment 8 (which is the section that covers the ranger tab) are mentioned it specifically excludes the tab as appropriate for wear.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 02:54:28 AM »

Dang. Will it ever be approved for wear?
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 03:51:23 AM »

Dang. Will it ever be approved for wear?

Here's my guess - NO.

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