Having the correct protective night gear is critical

The key difference in your IR reflective patch basically comes down to your answer to one question. Soldiers working in the dark

Do you want to be hidden or do you want to be seen?  

How you answer this question will determine the IR reflective patch you will wear on your uniform.

While the majority of people work during the day, you (military/law enforcement) do not have the luxury to “wait until morning.” Therefore, having the correct protective night gear is critical. 

IR Reflective patches have 2 very distinct functions

IR Field US Flag absorbing white flashlight

Absorbs Light

Absorbs light to keep you hidden from the enemy yet seen with an NVG. We call this covert patch an IR Field patch.

IR Garrison SWAT patch reflecting white light

Reflects Light

Reflects light to the naked eye exposing your position. We call this non-covert patch an IR Garrison patch.

IR Field – Stays hidden 

The IR Field patch is the used to keep you hidden from the enemy while at the same time can reflect your position to those using an NVG device.   You (the soldier or police) can move about in a stealth position without fear of a flashlight, moonlight, or any other white light giving away your position. Meanwhile, you can be confident the others in your unit can detect your location and not harm you.  

IR Garrison – Exposes location 

On the other hand, the IR Garrison patch is seen with the naked eye and needs no special equipment. When the white light hits the patch anyone can see your location.  This patch is not recommended for covert operations since it will give away your position and put you in harms way. 

Operations and missions in the dark are dangerous and challenging so knowing the key difference in your IR reflective patch is a matter of life and death. 

When the job calls, you answer … and we are grateful you do.  We want you to stay protected from friendly casualties and to give your children a hug at the end of the day.

Contact us. We look forward to solving your IR identification challenges. 

 The Author

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  Tom founded IR.Tools™ in 2006. He has embraced manufacturing premium IR patches, panels, thermal markers, and thermal targets to better protect and train the military and law enforcement communities.  Always the innovator, he is always thinking out of the box. Currently he has 21 awarded patents, and 14 patents pending.  Tom received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of MD, College Park and his MBA from Regents Univ.