For Memorial Day we put out the flag and I was under the weather so I had to remind myself of the correct orientation of the flag. This past week I picked up my NRA Instructor Cap to add another pin and noticed the flag on the right hand side seemed reversed. Then last night I was watching a show on television and one of the people in uniform also had the flag with the stars facing left on their right shoulder. This got me thinking about the orientation and so before I sent a note to the NRA asking about the orientation I thought it might be best to check out the rules.
As it turns out that was a smart move. The NRA is taking a nod from the military regulations and the flag on the right side is to have the starfield facing forward. So when you see what appears to be a flag in reverse, just know right is not wrong!
AR 670-1 28-18 c (2)
The full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is worn so that the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the reverse side flag.