Army Unit Patches

Looking for army unit patches at reasonable prices with quick turnaround?

Are you a soldier who wants to properly get identified with your unit using top notch patches or are you a contractor with the responsibility of supplying military uniforms? This is absolutely for you. We are offering you a great way to identify yourself or your client with great Army Unit Patches of top quality. 

Army Unit Patches are used to decorate military officers’ uniforms, displaying their units. So if your team or unit needs to create their own emblem or patch to identify your members. You have our attention! With Our Army Unit Patches, you get to personalize how you want the patches to look thereby making your unit stand out, clearly identified and distinct from other units who rely on the basic identification methods or patches supplied by the government.

Houston Embroidery Service, is a leading custom made patches manufacturer and supplier in Texas. We offer Army Unit Patches with any type of backing specified as well as other patch types at awesome and affordable rates with numerous backing option types. Our patches come in different methods like embroidery, printing, woven, leather, and PVC. Below are our services at a glance;

  • Special Discount to SAGE, ASI and PPAI members
  • Low Prices with Quick Turnaround time.
  • 3-day Super RUSH Delivery
  • Free Shipping Worldwide on all orders.
  • 5-day RUSH Delivery.
  • Velcro Backing and other backing types
  •  Army Unit Patches
  • Custom made patches


Find below some questions and answers to help clear your doubts or questions you might have before placing an order for us to make you great Army Unit Patches, keep reading…

How do you make Army Unit Patches?

We make most of our Army Unit Patches using the embroidery method which involves using a computerized embroidery machine, an embroidery thread, and a piece of cloth.  However, they can be any type of patch with any type backing option. After you’ve requested for your Army Unit Patches, we design and upload it to this machine which puts out the design on a piece of cloth.

How do you attach the Army Unit Patches?

Most times, we use the Sew On method for army patches however, just like other military patches and our Army Unit patches can be attached using any backing option. The four common ways we use to attach these patches on clothing are; the Velcro Backing, Iron-On Backing or Heat Seal Backing, Sew on Backing, Peel and Stick Backing. Visit this page to learn more about these backing options.

What machines are used in making Army Unit Patches?

Although there are other several brands of embroidery machines in the market that are also good, we use the Barudan embroidery machine. It is a Japanese brand which has been tested and trusted by many for its high quality embroidery. It stands as the most popular brand in the market. While many of our competitors use Chinese brands of embroidery machines, we consistently use Barudan so we can provide you with top notch embroidery patches. Visit this page to learn more about the Barudan embroidery machine.

What type of thread and fabric is used?

In the effort to provide you with the best and finest patches, we use of the Madeira embroidery thread which is the most popular, the finest and the most expensive thread on earth. However due to its high cost, we make use of this thread only on request especially when the order placed involves making patches that are fire resistant. You can visit our site for more details of fire resistant embroidered patches.  In order to make our patches cost effective, we use the best among Chinese threads which are also good for producing great patches. Visit this page for more information on the Madeira thread


For the fabric, we use twill polyester fabric. We also use Nylon fabrics, Real Leather, Fake Leather, Canvas and many other types of woven fabrics based on your request.

How much does it cost to get Army Unit Patches?

It doesn’t cost much to get your Army Unit Patches from us as we calculate our prices based on the number of stitches which makes it more affordable for you. We do not have minimum orders as you can order any amount of patches and we will have it made for you at an affordable rate.

Can I order custom patches no minimum?

Yes you can! Since we do not have minimum orders, even of you need to order just one air force patch for your personal use, we are at your service.  We are able to do this because we have our own embroidery machines which enables us offer you the flexibility of ordering for any amount of patches.

Is there a possibility of getting the edges of the Army Unit patches sharp and what is the extra cost?

Yes we can! Instead of the standard rounded edges, we use the Hot-Cut Edge also called Satin-Stitch Edge to make patch edges sharp. With this type of edge your army unit patches will have sharp, detailed edges with fine levels of detail and intricate designs and there’s no extra cost for this.

When do I get my patches delivered if I make an order?

We offer a quick paced service, so your delivery shouldn’t take long. However, we might need to go through a few processes like having you confirm the design as well as the first patch draft. Once these are completed, we will commence production immediately and dispatch the order. We use DHL for our deliveries meaning you should have your embroidered patches delivered within 3 – 4 days from the time of dispatch if you are in the US. There are also options for 3-days or 5-days RUSH service.

More information about Army Units ad Uniforms

There are multiple units in the Military. If you don’t have a connection to the Army, you might find it difficult to grasp the size of army units in the military; however it is worthy to note that the number of soldiers in a unit is dependent on the time of assignment or mission involved. An Army unit is a group having a prescribed size and a specific combat or support role within a larger military organization. You might have heard military terms like company, division, battalion, platoon, brigade and they make up one another? Those are different units with different sizes and it is important to note that all their uniforms are the same except for the patches which shows the unit each soldier belongs to as well as their rank.


Each of these units has their own army unit patch which is officially called SSI meaning shoulder sleeve insignia. This is where our Army unit patches come in as they are used to decorate their uniforms of these honorable men and women who defend our land. The patches are designed to show the units they belong to as well as provide a professional look while displaying their ranks. The army unit patches are worn on the upper left arm of the army combat uniform. Full color versions of these patches are worn on the now retired service green uniform, replaced by wear of combat service identification badges.

The buyers and end users of our Army Unit Patches

It is obvious who uses these patches as they not up for civilian consumption. However, our Army Unit patches are purchased by Government approved uniform suppliers who use them on the uniforms they supply to the military.  They are also bought by military units and military officials also purchase directly from us especially when they need it customized. Our army unit patches are also bought by military personnel who want to add a fine cut patch as their shoulder sleeve insignia.


Sometimes we do get orders for military units of 6 to 10 soldiers which is called a squad – the smallest military unit commanded by a sergeant. However we do also get orders for larger units like a platoon, battalion or even a regiment. A regiment consists of 3 to 5 battalions or 2 to 5000 soldiers and is commanded by a Brigadier General or Colonel. So no matter how many your orders can be, we are up for the task and we’ll surely have them delivered on time.

History of Army Unit Patches

It’s no argument that the need for Army unit patches was created when soldiers started moving into combat in groups rather the whole army hence army units. The army units used in modern armies have their origins in the 16th to 18th century, when professional armies reemerged in Europe after the end of the Middle Ages retaining the basic units of the company, battalion, brigade, and division.


The 81st infantry Division code named Wildcat in US army is known or agreed to have been the first army unit authorized to wear a unit patch. This was during the First World War when they sailed to France after having their training at Fort Jackson South Carolina. They wore an olive drab felt patch on their left shoulders showing the silhouette of a wildcat representing the Wildcat Creek – a stream flowing through Fort Jackson. When soldiers from other divisions challenged this, General John J. Pershing ruled that the 81st Division can keep their patch and suggested that other divisions should adopt theirs hence the dawn of era of army unit patches. However, the right to patch was adopted officially by the U.S. Army in October 19, 1918. By the Second World War, different army groups or units as well as major commands all had their own patch or shoulder sleeve insignia. One of these was the 82nd Airborne Division which had an “AA” on its patch alluding to the “All American” soldiers from all states that made the division.


Today, most separated brigades have their own patch except for those permanently assigned to a division. Few other smaller units also have theirs but most battalions and squad don’t. However a good number of army unit patches have been assigned to units who are independent of any unified command. This includes the Department of the Army Staff Support, the Special Forces and soldiers assigned outside of the DOD.

Army Unit Patches – Facts and Rules

Every soldier serves in a particular unit and for each unit or command, the army has patches to signify them. These army unit patches are worn by every soldier both overseas in combat deployment and back in their permanent station showing the command or unit they serve in. While the present unit patch is worn on the left sleeve shoulder, another army unit patch is worn on the right shoulder to signify the prior unit a soldier was attached to while serving in a combat zone for a given period of time.

Army Unit Patches for Combat Operations

Officially known as “shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service” (SSI-FWTS) this patch is worn to recognize a soldier’s participation in combat operations. There are specific guidelines on how and when to wear this patch. This is also revised to show the fact that the soldiers are currently deployed at smaller echelon levels. However, not every soldier is allowed to wear this patch as only soldiers serving with large echelon deployed units like Brigades, divisions, corps, commands or higher type of unit are permitted to wear army unit patches. This restriction was made after 1945. Since then, soldiers who belong to a smaller unit like a battalion or squad do not have their own army unit patch. However, they do have their own combat patches.

How to Wear Army Unit Patches

The guidance for wearing army unit patches states that “when echelons below company level deploy, soldiers in those units may now wear the combat patch of the lowest-echelon command they deploy with, as long as it’s at company level or higher”. This means that when soldiers are deployed to a designated combat zone, they are to wear their company-level or higher patch on the right sleeves to reflect the units they serve while they wear their command’s combat patch on the left sleeves.

Colored and subdued Army Unit Patches

The colored army unit patches were a source of pride for any soldier who is a veteran. It was an earned sleeve insignia out of experience. Soldiers were allowed to wear them in the battle field looking exactly like the same patches worn by others but in a subdued color like green, black or brown with no bright colors. However, this was phased out since the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) was retired in favor of the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) this patch also stopped since it can give away the position of the soldier due to its distinct color.


At Houston embroidery, we understand the rules of engagement in making each army unit patch. This is why you can trust us to make great patches with detailed and finely cut designs. Click this link to get started with us and we’ll provide you with the best patches!