As a Specops position, I'm undecided. I have heard arguments for both sides and they both make sense.
As for not being a player when photographing, I've seen scenario missions that require photos of the enemy base, so it could be a playable position in certain situations.
As for spying, I guess thats up to the rules of the game. If the rules allow it, then it's fair. If not, then it's cheating.
As for backwards flag, I have it on good authority (3 soldiers, a Commanding Major, a Sergent 1st Class, and a Specialist) that the flag is "backwards" on the right shoulder so as to look like a "flag in the breeze" when the wearer is moving forward. Not necessarily to prevent the image of retreat, but that idea comes with the territory.
Here's the official word:
Army Regulation 670-1
, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia
, is the governing authority for the wear of Army uniforms. Paragraph 28-18 governs the wear of the United States Flag on Army Uniforms.
"When approved for wear, the full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is sewn 1/2 inch below the right shoulder seam of the temperate, hot-weather, enhanced hot-weather, and desert BDU; the BDU field jacket; and the cold-weather uniform. The flag is worn on the right shoulder, because, in the military, the "place of honor" is to a military member's right.
The full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is worn so that the star field faces forward, or to the flagâ€™s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observerâ€™s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.
The rule dates back to the Army's early history, when both mounted cavalry and infantry units would designate a standard bearer, who carried the Colors into battle. As he charged, his forward momentum caused the flag to stream back. Since the Stars and Stripes are mounted with the canton closest to the pole, that section stayed to the right, while the stripes flew to the left."
Earlier in the document is also states that any other colors than red, white, and blue (such as subdued) are against the U.S. Code and not authorized for wear, but I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) this is for the military, not a "law" so I think we are ok to wear subdued flags.
This post has been edited by The Bear: 28 November 2008 - 07:54 PM