The US Army has authorized the combat patch for some soldiers who have served in Somalia. The shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) for former wartime service is authorized for soldiers who have been deployed, temporarily stationed or permanently assigned to Somalia since 2004 and who received combat zone tax exclusion plus hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay.
’The shoulder sleeve insignia is a unique Army tradition that distinguishes soldiers who have served in areas of combat, and our soldiers in Somalia have certainly earned this recognition,’ said Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. Soldiers who have deployed to Somalia can begin wearing the combat patch immediately, as long as they have the proper documentation to support their eligibility.
A decorative symbol used to denote the identity of a unit.
SSI worn on the upper right sleeve of Army uniforms for former wartime service.
In the US Army, earning the right to wear a combat patch is a revered accomplishment.