I'm hoping to get some help figuring out what to do about this new item to my collection. There's a number of things that don't really look right to me, but I'm not an expert on US badging. The jacket, however, I am sure is the real deal. I've seen a couple of these, all of which are "Irregular". The date on it is 1988 and it's clearly marked as being for Special Forces. It combines the features of the Transitional uniform cut (predated BDU, came after slant pocket) with some unique features. Specifically, it's designed to be worn with a button in liner. Thus it is both a regular jacket with the capability of becoming a lined coat. Anyway, I think I spotted what got it the rejection stamp and as is often the case it's a minor blemish that nobody but an inspector would likely see.
The problem I have with this are the badges. The Special Forces Command patch has cut edges and not marrowed. That would normally bother me a lot, however I can't imagine there were many official subdued desert badges floating around in 1988 so it could be "theater made". Or, simply, a fake The second thing that bothers me is the branch insignia. It's regular Infantry and not Special Forces. I don't know enough about how cross attachments work to know if it's possible for a non Special Forces qualified officer to be attached to a Special Forces Command and retain his Infantry branch designation. Third is what I take to be Saudi jump wings over the right breast pocket. Again, could be theater made?