want to have a laugh on this?
a close friend of mine, which lives about an hour from me here in italy, (collector, too) owns an embroidery shop which makes a lot of work for military personnel. Thanks to the web and the worldwide shipping he has not only customers between italian soldiers, but also US personnel (think USMC flight badges, tapes etc..).
Circa november 2013 he made twenty or so patches (and some embroidered hoodies with the same design) identical to those (black and white with gold hood) at request from a non special force unit (which i can't remember as of now) and sent those directly to FOB Lindsey in Afghanistan..
these could be easily identified due to quality manufacturing and materials (real cordura, velcro brand hoop, military grade thread ecc...)
i can't remember whether he made them with merrowed or cut edge (i think it was cut, but i may be wrong)
...he gave me one of the pre-production samples he made.