Grade insignia for enlisted personnel

Found in Section 28.7 Page 195

Applies to Gender Both



a. Non-subdued, sew-on grade insignia for ranks other than specialist.

(1) Large insignia. The large, embroidered, sew-on grade insignia is goldenlite color. The width of each chevron and arc is 5/16 inch, with a 3/16-inch space between each chevron and each arc. The insignia has a background in Army green, blue, or white cloth, 3 inches wide, which provides a 1⁄8-inch edging around the entire insignia. The lowest chevron joins the topmost arc at each side of the insignia.

(2) Small insignia. The small, embroidered, sew-on grade insignia is goldenlite color. The width of each chevron and arc is 1⁄4 inch with a 5/32–inch space between each chevron and each arc. The insignia has a background of Army green, blue, or white cloth, 21⁄2 inches wide, which provides a 1⁄8-inch edging around the entire insignia. The lowest chevron joins the topmost arc at each side of the insignia. (Note: The old “female” size insignia is no longer authorized for wear.)

(3) Description. A description of enlisted grades follows.

(a) The Sergeant Major of the Army: three chevrons above three arcs, with the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States centered between two five-pointed stars centered horizontally between the chevrons and arcs (see fig 28–48).

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(b) Command sergeant major: three chevrons above three arcs, with a five-pointed star within a wreath between the chevrons and arcs (see fig 28–49).

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(c) Sergeant major: three chevrons above three arcs, with a five-pointed star between the chevrons and arcs (see fig 28–50).

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(d) First sergeant: three chevrons above three arcs, with a pierced lozenge between the chevrons and arcs (see fig 28–51).

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(e) Master sergeant: three chevrons above three arcs (see fig 28–52).

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(f) Sergeant first class: three chevrons above two arcs (see fig 28–53).

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(g) Staff sergeant: three chevrons above one arc (see fig 28–54).

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(h) Sergeant: three chevrons (see fig 28–55).

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(i) Corporal: two chevrons (see fig 28–56).

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(j) Private first class: one chevron above one arc (see fig 28–57).

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(k) Private (E–2): one chevron (see fig 28–58).

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(l) Private (E–1): no insignia.

b. Non-subdued, sew-on grade insignia for specialist.

(1) Large insignia. The large embroidered, sew-on grade insignia is goldenlite in color, shaped like an inverted

chevron at the bottom, with an eagle device in the center. The insignia has a background of Army green, blue, or white cloth, 27⁄8 inches wide, which provides a 1⁄8-inch edging around the entire insignia (see fig 28–59).

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(2) Small insignia. The small embroidered, sew-on grade insignia is goldenlite, shaped like an inverted chevron at the bottom, with an eagle device in the center. The insignia has a background of Army green, blue, or white cloth, 21⁄2 inches wide, which provides a 1⁄8-inch edging around the entire insignia (see fig 28–59).

Note. The old “female” size insignia is no longer authorized for wear.

c. Non-subdued pin-on grade insignia for enlisted personnel. Polished brass, pin-on grade insignia for all enlisted personnel is identical in design to the non-subdued grade insignia described above, except that the width of each chevron and arc is 3/32 inch, with a 1/16-inch open space between the chevrons and arcs (see fig 28–61).

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d. Subdued pin-on grade insignia for enlisted personnel. Subdued metal pin-on grade insignia is identical to the non- subdued pin-on grade insignia described above, except the insignia has a dull, flat black finish.

e. How worn.

(1) Non-subdued grade insignia, sew-on.

(a) Enlisted non-subdued cloth grade insignia is sewn on each sleeve of the Army green, blue, and white uniform

coats, and on each sleeve of the mess and evening mess jackets. Insignia with a green background is worn on the Army green uniform coat; insignia with a white background is worn on the white uniform coat, and on the white mess and white evening mess jackets. Insignia with a blue background is worn on the Army blue coat, and on the blue mess and blue evening mess jackets. Enlisted personnel may wear either the large- or small-size insignia.

(b) The insignia is worn centered between the shoulder seam and elbow on all uniform coats. When the position of the shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) does not allow for proper placement of the grade insignia as stated above, the grade insignia is placed 1⁄2 inch below the SSI, on the left or right side of the coat, as applicable (see fig 28–60).

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(2) Non-subdued grade insignia, pin-on.

(a) All enlisted personnel will wear non-subdued, pin-on grade insignia on the black all-weather coat and the windbreaker. All hospital and food service enlisted personnel will wear non-subdued, pin-on, insignia on the hospital duty and food service utility uniforms. All specialists and below will wear the non-subdued, pin-on grade insignia on the AG 415 shirt.

(b) Personnel will wear the non-subdued pin-on insignia centered on both collars, with the centerline of the insignia bisecting the points of the collar, 1 inch up from the collar point (see fig 28–62).

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(3) Subdued grade insignia.

(a) All enlisted personnel will wear subdued grade insignia on utility uniforms, the cold-weather coat, and on the ECWCS (Gortex) parka. On utility uniforms and the cold-weather coat, the insignia is worn centered on the collar so that the centerline of the insignia bisects the points of the collar, and the bottom of the insignia (not the cloth backing, if sew-on insignia is worn) is positioned 1 inch up from the collar point. On the ECWCS parka, the subdued insignia is worn centered on the front tab of the parka. Wear of the cloth rank insignia tab on the front tab of the ECWCS parka is authorized, as described in paragraph 28–8c, below.

(b) Personnel may wear pin-on or sew-on, embroidered or woven, subdued grade insignia on the uniforms described above. Only subdued pin-on grade insignia is worn on organizational clothing unless otherwise specified in this regulation. Personnel may not mix pin-on and sew-on grade insignia on the uniform. However, if personnel wear sew- on insignia on the shirts, they may wear pin-on insignia on the field jacket or headgear, and vice versa (see fig 28–63).

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