Grade insignia for general officers

Found in Section 28.5 Page 187

Applies to Gender Both



a. Description. The grade insignia described below applies to male and female general officers.

(1) General. The non-subdued grade insignia has four silver-colored, five-pointed stars, each 1 inch in diameter. Medium silver-colored stars, 3⁄4 inch in diameter, and miniature silver-colored stars, 5⁄8 inch in diameter, also are authorized. The subdued grade insignia is the same as above, except the color is black (see fig 28–28).

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(2) Lieutenant general. The non-subdued grade insignia has three silver-colored, five-pointed stars, each 1 inch in diameter. Medium silver-colored stars, 3⁄4 inch in diameter and miniature silver-colored stars, 5⁄8 inch in diameter, also are authorized. The subdued grade insignia is the same as above, except the color is black (see fig 28–29).

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(3) Major general. The non-subdued grade insignia has two silver-colored, five-pointed stars, each 1 inch in diameter. Medium silver-colored stars, 3⁄4 inch in diameter, and miniature silver-colored stars, 5⁄8 inch in diameter, also are authorized. The subdued grade insignia is the same as above, except the color is black (see fig 28–30).

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(4) Brigadier general. The non-subdued grade insignia has one silver-colored, five-pointed star, 1 inch in diameter. Medium silver-colored stars, 3⁄4 inch in diameter, and miniature silver-colored stars, 5⁄8 inch in diameter, also are authorized. The subdued grade insignia is the same as above, except the color is black (see fig 28–31).

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b. How worn.

(1) Non-subdued.

(a) The appropriate number of stars is worn centered on the shoulder loops, equidistant between the outside edge of

the shoulder loop and the outer edge of the shoulder loop button on the Army green and white uniform coats, black all- weather coat, and the windbreaker. Stars are worn “point to ‘V’” on shoulder loops (see fig 28–32).

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(b) Shoulder marks with the appropriate number of stars are worn on the AG shade 415 long- and short-sleeved shirts, the black unisex cardigan, and the black pullover sweater.

(c) The appropriate number of stars is worn centered on the beret flash, point-to-point (see fig 28–33).

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(d) General officers may wear medium or miniature stars in lieu of regular size stars. As an option, general officers may mount full-size, medium, or miniature stars on a bar for wear on coats, jackets, and the beret. When this option is chosen, the bar is worn centered on the shoulder loop or beret flash.

(2) Subdued. Subdued grade insignia is worn on all utility uniform shirts. The subdued insignia is worn centered with one point facing the neck and in a vertical line, with the end of the “V” 1 inch from the lower edge of the collar. General officers may wear branch insignia on the left collar in lieu of grade insignia (see fig 28–34). The grade insignia is worn on the shoulder loops of the cold-weather coats in the same manner as non-subdued grade insignia, covered above. The subdued grade insignia point-to-point stars are worn on the headgear as prescribed in paragraph 28–3, above (see fig 28–19).

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