Patches Galore for the Army

SHAH ALAM: Patches Galore. At the Army farewell parade on Dec 9, Jen. Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Nor launched the patches for use on the service’s digital camouflage uniforms. The low -viz patches are produced for the 13 Army formations.

As I was not able to make it to the launch in Port Dickson, posted below are the insignias worn by the soldiers during the new Army chief official address held at the Sg Besi camp today (Jan. 7, 2017). As you might be aware Raja Affandi – who took over as the Chief of Defence Force on Dec. 16 – was succeeded by Jen. Zulkiple Kassim.

Patches for the Army.

The patches above are for the Army’s Headquarters, Western Field Command and the Eastern Field Command respectively. I am not sure whether these new velcro, patches will be worn during parades only and not during operations or training exercises.

Raja Affandi having a chat with soldiers on operation during 2016 Hari Raya period. Apart from the name and corps patches its hard to identify the soldiers unit. BTDM.

In the past, only unit’s patches or tabs were sown to the combat uniform (Uniform No. 5, mostly on the front pockets or shoulder and not the formation they belong too.

An Army officer with Kor Armor in the Harimau Belang camo. Note the Condor patch on the front left pocket. Wiki

The formation patches in high visibility colours are usually worn parade uniform or No. 4 uniform. The graphic below is from Catatan Seri blog, which listed the number and types of the Army’s official attires. The No. 1 is the Ceremonial Uniform, No. 2 Bush Jacket, No. 3 Work Clothes, No 4, Parade Uniform, No 5 Camouflage Uniform, No 6. Mess Kit, No. 7. National Dress, No. 8. Service Uniform and No. 10 PT Dress. No. 9 the Suit, is not listed.

The number and type of Army’s attires from Catatan Seri blog. Though dated, it is a good representation of the official attire list.

Meanwhile, in his first speech as the Army chief, Zulkiple outlined his vision for the service to continue its excellence service based on five core values. The core values are empowering readiness, strengthening integration, enhancement of professionalism, organisational consolidation and enhancing the quality of life.

— Malaysian Defence.

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