U.S. Border Patrol

Shoulder Patches

The standard U.S. Border Patrol patch has basically remained the same since it first started appearing on uniforms in the 1930's.  The design was officially approved on August 5, 1942. The official patches are worn on the left shoulder and are three inches in diameter with a 5/32 inch border and lettering that is 3/8 inch tall and 1/16 inching wide.

 

Beginning in 2004 a U.S. Customs and Border Protection patch began being worn on the right shoulder.  Prior to 2004 the only official patch worn on the right shoulder was for the Bicentennial in 1976.  An official tab was also worn below the regular patch for the U.S. Border Patrols 50th Anniversary in 1974.

 

NOTE: Several of the patches were worn around the same time due to different manufactures.  

Dates are based on information received when patches obtained.

 

  Current Style   Right Shoulder

Worn on Left shoulder beginning 2004

    Current Style     Left Shoulder

Alignment of letters changed in 2002. Embroidered patch with midnight blue background and yellow lettering which is evenly lined up. Clear plastic backing.

1990-2002

Embroidered patch with midnight blue background and more defined US outline and border. Clear plastic backing

1980's -1990

Worn mid 1980's to early 1990s. Embroidered navy blue patch with orange lettering and border. Clear plastic backing.

1970's -1980's

Worn late 1970's to early 1980s. Embroidered midnight blue patch with orange lettering and border. Clear plastic backing.  More pointed US outline.

1970's

Worn mid to late 1970's. Twill blue patch with orange lettering and border

 

1976

Bicentennial 

Patch worn on the right shoulder

1974

50th Anniversary      1924-1974 

Tab worn below regular patch

1970's

Worn early to mid 1970s including with 50th Anniversary tab. Navy blue twill patch with orange letting and border. Clear plastic backing.

1960's-1970's

Worn 1960-early 1970s Navy blue twill patch with orange lettering and border. White plastic backing. 

1960's

Worn 1960's Black twill patch with yellow lettering, Cheese cloth backing. 

1950's

Worn 1950s Navy Blue twill patch with orange lettering. Twill backing

1940's-1950's

Worn 1940 -1950 Navy blue GarberTex with orange rayon border and lettering.  Cheese cloth backing.

 

1940's

Worn in early 1940's wool patch with navy blue background and yellow rayon lettering and border. Has an outer wool border. Cheese cloth backing.   

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1930's-1940's

Original style patch Worn during 1930's -1940's Wool patch with a black background and orange border and lettering. Cheese cloth backing.