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The number thingys that identify patches

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T stands for twill meaning that part of twill background fabric shows through and is part of the design. S is for solid and means that the patch is covered solid in stitching. There are are several other types of patches: felt, bullion (made with thick stitching, almost like a rug), woven, and a few more. The numbers are assigned sequentially as the patches are issued.

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I think that Bullion refers to the thread, which is actually metal wire. The best example of a bullion patch is the Fleur-de-lis patch which is worn on a blue blazer for the dress uniform.


Not to be confused with mylar thread which is plastic but looks shiny like gold or silver.

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