Navy SEALS have reportedly been ordered to stop wearing the "Don't Tread On Me" symbol on their uniforms because some government officials consider it too radical.
Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie told FOX and Friends one of his former teammates forwarded him an email about the symbol. It was allegedly written by a senior enlisted advisor and reads in part, "personnel are only authorized to wear the matching 'AOR' American Flag patch on the right shoulder. You are no longer authorized to wear the 'Don't Tread On Me' patch."
"One of my friends asked, 'Why did they ban this? Why can't we wear it anymore?' He said, 'Well, you know, it's too closely associated with extremist groups.' It's a poke. It's a prod to see how far they can push," he said.
Higbie said the patch has been a symbol of patriotism in the United States for more than 200 years. It was commonly worn by SEALS, even commanders, until recently. But he believes the top brass are stuck in the middle of the policies of the Obama administration.
"They're going to have to choose: career or country," Higbie said.
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