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"Don't Tread on Me" Emblem Banned From SEALs Uniforms

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Navy SEALs have reportedly been ordered to stop wearing the ‘Don't Tread On Me' symbol on their uniforms.

Officially known as the Navy Jack, the emblem is considered " too closely associated with radical groups," by some government officials.

Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie shared an email with Fox News that 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."

The design of the emblem is regarded as that of the first U.S. naval jack flown in the earliest years of the republic.