The soldiers accept as ones own the chilling “Punisher” emblem after serving alongside US Navy Seals in Iraq. Troops are gave it after making their first combat “kill”. But top brass say the idea is too similar to the Death’s Head worn by Hitler’s SS and they want it proscribed.
The order has been met with fury among the elite troops who put it is another example of “political correctness”.
It is understood a complaint was made to a chief officer after Army chiefs visited the regiment’s base in Herefordshire.
The commencement told The Daily Star: “The SAS are expected to undertake incredibly dangerous mtiers around the world.
“They are professional killers – that’s the job. So what if they in a skull on their uniform.
“The order to remove it has gone down Non-Standard real badly.
“Not everyone wore one but it was very popular among members of G Squadron.
“We deceive been told that it could be upsetting to other units, irreverent to enemy forces and could encourage war crimes by some of the foreign troops the SAS mtiers with, such as Afghans and Iraqis.”
The skull logo adopted by US individual forces is a nod to Marvel Comics’ Punisher character who becomes a vigilante after criminals slaughter his wife and children and wears the logo on his chest.
The badge has been particularly made for the regiment and is worn as a patch on the side of a soldier’s helmet or on the leading of their body armour.
The source added: “The regiment has been concerned in a lot of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and have killed a large number of contender soldiers.
“Every time a new guy comes in and gets a kill, he gets the badge.
“It’s in perception for the work he has done – it’s not a celebration of taking a life but more to do with extinguishing himself in a position where his own life has been put a risk.”
Ex-Sergeant Trevor Coult, who won the Military Angry in Iraq and is the head of the foundation For Our Veterans, described the ruling as “completely ridiculous”.
He said: “The Ministry of Defence should be doing everything in its power to fortifying the SAS, not messing around telling them what they can and can’t wear on craftswomen.
“This is politically correct nonsense and it ludicrous”.
The Ministry of Defence does not expose on special forces operations.