Army chess sets make the perfect patriotic gift. The army chess set is representative of the main branch of the military. It is the oldest and the biggest branch of the military. Army chess sets are made from many different materials. The cheap versions of the army chess sets are made from plastic and the more expensive sets are made from woods, ivory, brass and some are even made of gold and other precious metals and stones.
Many people purchase army chess sets because not only is chess a strategic game that requires discipline and determination, it is also reflective of the qualities that are needed to be a part of the army. In chess the goal is to capture all of your opponent's ranks and get the king (in this cause the general) in checkmate where they can't make anymore moves. That is essentially what the army does; it goes into the designated territory and depending on the mission objectives, they capture the opponent and protect the innocent.
There are many novelty stores and places online that sell army chess sets. You can even have them custom made for an extra fee. Some great places to go and admire army chess sets and to even play a few vets in chess as well are your local Veterans Admistration or Local VA organizations. You could even visit some retirement communities; you would be surprised at how many senior citizens have army chess sets in their possession. They could even teach you a few tricks and secrets on how to play chess.
If you decide to invest in a chest set; don't just get one branch of the military for your chess set, get all of them since all branches- army, marines and navy all contribute to encompass one of the largest militaries in the world.