If you are a member of the armed forces, you probably already know what a morale patch is and why it matters. Originated by pilots during WWII, airplane art on the nose of the craft led to the first morale patches being worn by airmen. From there, the patches migrated from pilots to soldiers on the ground. Since the use of morale patches was seen as unprofessional because most tended to be tongue in cheek or use profanity, the use of Velcro became the standard which made them more accepted. This allowed members of the armed forces to attach the patch and then remove it in a hurry if needed. This tradition of the moral patch continues into the present day with even more in-your-face boldness and humor aimed specifically at the men and women of the armed forces.

Tactical Morale Patches with A Sense of Humor

Here are a few tips to help you find the best tactical patches to bring some levity to the very serious nature of the job:

  1. Use Velcro
    The whole point of morale patches is to be able to remove them from your uniform in a hurry. While you may find patches made with buttons or in pin styles, this defeats the whole purpose of the patches. In fact, Velcro has become such a standard in the field that many uniforms are already equipped with Velcro areas for patches.
  2. Choose a Branch
    While these patches originated from a place of humor, they can also be used to signify important matters. One of the best ways to use them is to have some lighthearted fun at the other branches to show your branch is the best. This is a common way to let off some steam and have fun with an otherwise serious profession. You can also choose patches that are related to your role in the field such as gunner or paratrooper to show pride in a job well done. Morale patches can also be used by veterans to denote the branch they served in or their station or profession.
  3. Decide Between Stitched or PVC
    There are two main types of morale patches. The first one is a stitched or embroidered design. These are durable for the most part, but they can start to show signs of wear and tear after a few years of use. They also hold water and take a longer time to dry than PVC patches. In contrast, PVC patches are long-lasting and durable, and water just rolls right off them. The type of material you prefer is a matter of preference for the most part.
  4. Express Some Humor
    The next thing to keep in mind about these patches is to remember the name. The whole purpose of the morale patch is to boost morale. The easiest way to do this is with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. If you have ever served, you already know the type of humor you can expect to find on these patches. While you want to remain professional when needed, feel free to find the patch that expresses your sense of humor even if it is a bit on the loud, crass side of the fence.
  5. Represent the USA
    The last thing we recommend is to consider representing the good ole USA. Choosing American flag patches is not just about patriotism; it is a deliberate choice to convey a sense of allegiance, pride, and commitment to the values that the flag represents. These patches serve as more than mere embellishments; they symbolize a profound connection to the ideals of freedom, democracy, and unity. Choosing these patches is a conscious decision to express one's support for the principles that define the United States. You can even wear your flag patch backward as a sign of respect. For more information, check out our post on the meaning of a backwards flag.

Add Some Humor to Your Work Environment

We hope we’ve convinced you to consider adding some morale patches to your uniform. As you can see, they are a great way to boost optimism in an otherwise very serious work environment, which is always appreciated. If you’re in the market for a new patch, check out our selection here at TD. We have a wide range of hilarious patches that are perfect for boosting morale!