Branch insignia—how worn

Found in Section 28.12 Page 230

Applies to Gender Both



As used in this paragraph, the word “collar” refers to that part of the coat or shirt (around the neck) that forms a neckband and turnover piece. Bold borders on figs 28–21 through 28–27 depict the collar area. The word “lapel” is used when referring to the fold of the front of the coat that is a continuation of the collar, and which usually is separated by a notch in the collar.

a. Non-subdued branch insignia.

(1) Male officers. On the Army green, blue, and white coats, male officers wear their branch insignia centered on both lapels, 11⁄4 inches below the U.S. insignia. The branch insignia is positioned so that the centerline of the insignia bisects the centerline of the U.S. insignia and is parallel to the inside edge of the lapel (see fig 28–118). On the hospital duty uniform, male officers wear their branch insignia centered between the inside edge and the outside edge on the left collar, 1 inch from the lower edge of the collar, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the lower edge of the collar (see fig 28–119). Except for chaplains, male officers will not wear their branch insignia on the AG 415 long- or short-sleeved shirts. Chaplains wear their branch insignia centered immediately over the left breast pocket (see fig 28–120). On the black pullover sweater, chaplains will wear their branch insignia centered above the nameplate, in lieu of the distinctive unit insignia.

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(2) Male enlisted personnel. On the Army green, blue, and white coats, enlisted males wear their branch insignia centered on the left collar, with the bottom of the disk approximately 1 inch above the notch, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel (see fig 28–121).

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(3) Female officers. On the old versions of the Army white and blue coats, female officers wear branch insignia on the left collar. The insignia is worn 1 inch above the notch, so the centerline of the insignia bisects the notch and is parallel to the inside edge of the collar (see fig 28–122). On the Army green coat and the new versions of the Army blue and white coats, female officers wear branch insignia on both lapels. The insignia is worn approximately 11⁄4 inches below the U.S. insignia, with the insignia bisecting the U.S. insignia and parallel to the inside edge of the lapel (see fig 28–123). On the hospital duty uniform, female officers wear the branch insignia centered on the left collar, 1 inch up from the lower edge of the collar, with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the lower edge of the collar. Except for chaplains, female officers will not wear branch insignia on the AG 415 short- or long-sleeved shirts. Female chaplains wear the branch insignia in a location similar to that described for male chaplains (see para 28–12a, above). On the black pullover sweater, chaplains wear their branch insignia centered above the nameplate, in lieu of the distinctive unit insignia.

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(4) Female enlisted personnel. On the old versions of the Army blue and white coats, enlisted females wear branch insignia on the left collar. The insignia is worn 1 inch above the notch and centered, with the centerline of the insignia bisecting the notch, and parallel to the inside edge of the collar (see fig 28–124). On the Army green coat and the new versions of the Army blue and white coats, enlisted females wear their branch insignia on the left collar. The insignia is worn so the bottom of the disk is centered between the outside point and inside edge of the collar, approximately 5⁄8 inch up from the notch, with the centerline of the branch insignia parallel to the inside edge of the lapel (see fig 28–125).

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b. Subdued branch insignia.

(1) On all field, utility, and select organizational uniforms, male and female officers wear subdued branch insignia centered on the left collar, 1 inch up from the lower edge of the collar with the centerline of the insignia parallel to the lower edge of the collar (see fig 28–119).

(2) Enlisted personnel are not authorized to wear subdued branch insignia on Army uniforms.

(3) Officers may wear metal pin-on or embroidered branch insignia on cloth backing. Officers may not mix materials used for the branch insignia and grade; both must be made from the same material.