Not being familiar with military regulations regarding uniforms worn during drills and exercises on U.S. soil, we did reach out to a few other veterans and sources who are in-the-know to confirm these concerns.
The reader email will be shown below, then screen shots taken directly from the video and enlarged will be shown beneath that, then the original video for anyone that wishes to go through it frame by frame and look for themselves.
Greetings, Just been watching the 7 min vid you have on the stryker convoy. Having served in both the IDF Special Forces and the US Army Rangers I know a bit about military protocols. I am noticing in this vid, or at least I think I am noticing that on 98% of the soldiers you can see, I believe I am noticing that almost all of those soldiers are MISSING their (left arm) unit patches!
This is a VERY big issue. For one, by US Army regs, all of those soldiers are considered "Out of uniform" which is a punishable offence and would never be done outside of totally covert Ops within the area of operation for those Ops. Surely this is NEVER done in "garrison" or in your home country. Any veteran can back this up.
I played the video back several times using a magnification device to get a closer view of their left arms and I see nothing on all but one man [on two occasions] in the Commanders position on one Stryker vehicle towards the end of this vid. I also saw one other man on top of a Styker prior to that one who did have the expected subdued US Flag on his right arm, but still no Unit patch on the left. I also noticed more than one with NO American flag on their right arm, again, this is not possible under these alleged conditions.
The long and short is this - If only ONE soldier in this unit has a missing unit patch, its an issue, however it does appear far more than one is out of uniform. So the question for me as one with an intelligence background, as it should be for you, WHO are they really? Because I am telling you in no uncertain terms, if you are without your insignia, the uniform in nothing more than a Halloween costume.
Surely something to be aware of and look for going forward. Because if these are all foreign troops being pre-positioned under the guise of an MTX, then a war has already begun and steps need to be taken immediately to counter them.
Via Google images we see a variety of different U.S. Military combat uniforms being worn and the reader is correct in stating they do have an American flag on the right arm and "Velcro-faced shoulder pockets that allow for the wearing of unit patches, skill tabs and recognition devices." An example shown below, note the backwards flag on the right arm and the second item arrowed, the patch... which varies depending on what branch of the military and unit of that branch in the images I found on Google.
A few examples are of the uniforms worn can be seen here, and here, just as to what is representative of normal combat uniform wear.
Image below taken at the 35 second mark of the video, enlarged to show left arm.. no unit patch.
Image below - Taken at the 1:14 minute mark of the video - Note right arm, no flag.
While we found multiple instances as the ones shown above with absolutely no patches, we show that in contrast to the lack of patches and flags on the right and left arms in the previous images, the screen shot below, taken at the 1:36 minute mark, we see one of the instances where the flag patch is present on the right arm.
Note - Second convoy shown in the second half of the video below, almost all uniforms did have the unit patches on the left arms, as far as I could tell.
This brings us to one of the answers we received from a military consult, who stated that it is an "the individual Commanders decision," dependent on "assignment and location."
As pointed out in the email above, the location is on U.S. soil which would make it very unusual to instruct military members to remove their patches and flag. Which brings up a number of questions, starting with why would some members be wearing the correct unit and flag patches while others as part of the same group, are not?
The more disturbing issue and question would be whether the presence on some in the group in contrast with others in the same group, could be an indicator that those with the flags/patches are U.S. military and those without the proper patches and flags are foreign troops, in U.S. military uniforms, being pre-positioned under the cover of the Jade Helm 15 and Raider Focus operations?
In September 2013 the Obama administration signed on and supported a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation to which Senator Jim Inhofe was quoted as saying "The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats."
Under the guise of "protecting" the global community, the Obama administration is willing to sign away America's Second Amendment rights and hand the UN the right to invade US in order to disarm gun-owners.
The treaty covers battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons.
As our original emailer stated, if foreign troops are being pre-positioned under the guise of these military exercises, then "the war has already begun."