US Military Academy at West Point/West Point Shoulder Patch


Hello, I purchased a hoodie for my bosses son.  He's 16 and hopes to go to West Point.  On the hoodie I put two patches.  The problem is he is concerned, out of respect, that he is wearing what I purchased is a (sold as a) "non-cadet" patch.  The patch is one that is worn by West Point staff, I believe.  So can you comment on these concerns?  Is it improper or disrespectful to wear it, and what is the difference between cadet and non-cadet shoulder patches.  Thanks very much.

It's good to hear from you Terry.  Thanks for your interest in West Point.

This simple answer is, NOT TO WORRY.  So long as you are not in direct vicinity of West Point no one will know the difference, and even if you were near West Point there would be no disrespect.  

The two patches are the US Army patch for the Military Academy worn on their Army Uniforms by Academy Staff and Faculty.  The other patch is the United States Corps of Cadets patch worn by all Cadets.

I hope that helps.  Good luck to your boss's son in his quest for West Point.

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I can answer questions about admissions to West Point; about the history of West Point; about how to travel to West Point, where to eat, where to stay, etc.; and about West Point`s alumni organization, the West Point Association of Graduates.


I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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