I have been approached about my airborne tab twice in the past two weeks and I want to clarify on whether or not I have been wearing my SSI-FWTS correctly or not since the ALARACT message came out.
In ALARACT 435/2011 it says
quote:SUBJECT: UNITS AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE AIRBORNE TAB WITH THE SHOULDER SLEEVE
1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO CLARIFY THE POLICY FOR WEAR OF THE
2. THE SAPPER, RANGER, SPECIAL FORCES AND PRESIDENT'S HUNDRED TABS ARE THE
ONLY SPECIAL SKILL OR MARKSMANSHIP TABS AUTHORIZED FOR PERMANENT WEAR. THE
AIRBORNE TAB IS CONSIDERED AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA
(SSI). AIRBORNE TABS ARE ONLY AUTHORIZED TO BE WORN ABOVE THE SSI IF
ASSIGNED TO ONE OF THE UNITS BELOW:
As I read this, this only specifies current airborne units as well as only the SSI. This message does not specify anything about the SSI-FWTS for those of us who deployed with a unit that was airborne, i.e. 35th Signal Brigade, 1st TSC, 44th Medical Command, etc. I know the SSI and SSI-FWTS are considered two different items since they are listed in two different sections of AR 670-1.
I have seen multiple soldiers who still wear the airborne tab with 35th Signal Brigade, 1st TSC, and a few other former airborne units, but it seems like everyone only cares about 44th Medical Command SSI-FWTS here in Korea.
My fiancee also informed me that there are plenty of soldiers at Fort Hood in both the medical units and her unit, 11th Signal Brigade ,who still wear the 44th Medical Command/Brigade SSI-FWTS with airborne tab. I also know soldiers still in my old battalion in 44th Medical Brigade who still wear the airborne tab on their SSI-FWTS as well.
I do not need anyone to bash me. I am looking for clarification only. I also only heard about this ALARACT about a month or two, which is obviously at least a year after this message came out.