Over the past 40 years, as scouting units have remained continuously chartered for longer and longer lengths of time, the Boy Scouts of America have introduced veteran unit bars. These cloth bars recognize units for their longevity.
There is a bar for every 5 years of charter, starting with 25 years. All bars are bronze with black numerals except for the 75 year bar introduced in 1985 and the 100 year bar introduced in 2010. The 75 year bar is red with silver numerals and the 100 year bar is red with gold numerals.
The bar is worn by all unit members, not just those that were members on the specific anniversay.
The bar is sewn on the uniform directly above the unit numerals. Units may choose to order custom one-piece unit numerals with the veteran bar included to reduce the number of patches to sew and ensure they are positioned correctly.