Headgear insignia

Found in Section 28.3 Page 177

Applies to Gender Both



a. Garrison cap, Army green, male and female.

(1) Officers wear non-subdued grade insignia on the garrison cap, centered vertically on the left curtain, 1 inch from the front crease (see fig 28–1).

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2) Enlisted personnel wear their DUI on the garrison cap, centered vertically on the left curtain, 1 inch from the front crease (see fig 28–2).

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b. Service cap, Army blue and white; and drill sergeant hat, male personnel. Male personnel wear the following insignia, secured through the front eyelet, on the service caps and drill sergeant hat.

(1) Commissioned officers. The insignia is the coat of arms of the United States, 23⁄8 inches in height, in gold- colored metal (see fig 28–3).

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(2) Warrant officers. The insignia is an eagle rising with wings displayed, standing on a bundle of two arrows, enclosed in a wreath. The insignia is 11⁄2 inches in height, in gold-colored metal (see fig 28–4).

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(3) Sergeant Major of the Army. The insignia is the coat of arms of the United States within a wreath, 1–15/16 inches in height, in gold-colored metal (see fig 28–5).

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(4) Enlisted personnel. The insignia is a plain, gold-colored disk, 11⁄2 inches in diameter, with a gold-colored metal coat of arms of the United States attached to the disk (see fig 28–7).

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c. Service hat, Army blue, and white; and drill sergeant hat, female personnel. Female personnel wear the headgear insignia centered on the hatband of the service hat. On the drill sergeant hat, the insignia is worn centered between the top of the hat and the hatband.

(1) Commissioned officers. The insignia is the coat of arms of the United States, 15⁄8 inches in height, in gold- colored metal (see fig 28–6).

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(2) Warrant officers. The insignia is an eagle rising with wings displayed, standing on a bundle of two arrows, enclosed in a wreath. The insignia is 11⁄2 inches in height, in gold-colored metal (see fig 28–4).

(3) Enlisted personnel. The insignia is the coat of arms of the United States, within a ring that is 13⁄4 inches in diameter, in gold-colored metal (see fig 28–8).

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d. Cold-weather cap, AG 489. Because of the thickness of the fur pile, headgear insignia worn on the cap must have a center post and screw. Therefore, all soldiers will wear the male headgear insignia on the cold-weather cap (see fig 27–3).

e. Beret, black/tan/green/maroon. Personnel will wear the following insignia on berets:

(1) Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces soldiers wear their distinctive flashes on their berets. All other soldiers wear the Army flash on the black beret, unless authorization for another flash was granted before implementation of the black beret as the standard Army headgear (see para 3–5a(3)). The flash is sewn centered on the stiffener of the beret, with non-contrasting thread (see fig 28–9).

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(2) Officers wear non-subdued grade insignia centered on the flash; chaplains wear their branch insignia (see fig 28–10).

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(3) Enlisted personnel wear their DUI centered on the flash. Soldiers assigned to units without a DUI wear the regimental distinctive insignia (RDI) on the flash. (see fig 28–11).

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f. Cap, organizational, baseball-style. Personnel will wear non-subdued grade insignia on the front of the cap, centered left to right and top to bottom (see fig 28–12).

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g. Helmet liner and helmet camouflage cover. Only the insignia prescribed below is authorized for wear on the helmet liner or helmet camouflage cover, as indicated. Personnel will not alter the color of the helmet except for safety or training requirements.

(1) All personnel, except chaplains, wear their subdued grade insignia centered on the front of the camouflage cover, approximately 21⁄2 inches up from the bottom rim. Subdued pin-on or embroidered sew-on grade insignia is authorized for wear on the camouflage cover. Commanders may not require enlisted soldiers to attach embroidered grade insignia, unless it is issued and attached without cost to the soldier (see fig 28–13). Chaplains wear their subdued branch insignia, in lieu of grade insignia. Wear of nametapes or the use of other means to apply names to helmet bands is determined by the commander and is provided to soldiers at no cost.

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(2) Military Police (MP) personnel. Military Police may have the letters “MP” in white, centered on the front of the helmet liner, 11⁄2 inches up from the bottom rim (see fig 28–14). On helmets with camouflage covers, MP personnel are authorized to have the letters “MP” in black, 11⁄2 inches up from the rim. Personnel will center their grade insignia 1⁄2 inch above the white or black “MP” letters. Helmets also must have a painted stripe, 11⁄4 inches wide and 2 inches up from the bottom rim, parallel to the rim and following the contour of the helmet liner. As an option, MP personnel may wear the numerical designation of their unit and distinctive unit insignia over the left and right ears, respectively, centered on the painted stripe. Personnel will wear the following color stripes on the helmet liner.

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(a) Division units: a red stripe, 11⁄4 inches wide (see fig 28–15).

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(b) Corps units: a blue stripe, 5⁄8-inch wide, above a 5⁄8-inch wide red stripe, (see fig 28–16).

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(c) Army units: a white stripe, 5⁄8-inch wide, above a 5⁄8-inch wide red stripe (see fig 28–17).

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(d) All other MP units: a white stripe, 11⁄4 inches wide (see fig 28–14).

h. Woodland and desert camouflage patrol (formerly the BDU and DBDU) caps, desert camouflage hat, and cold- weather utility caps.

(1) Enlisted personnel wear subdued grade insignia on the patrol caps, the desert patrol hat, and cold-weather utility caps. The grade insignia is centered on the front of the headgear left to right, and top to bottom (see fig 28–18). Officers will wear non-subdued grade insignia when in a garrison environment, and subdued insignia when in a field environment. Chaplains wear non-subdued branch insignia in a garrison environment, and subdued branch insignia in a field environment.

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(2) Grade insignia (branch insignia for chaplains) is centered on the front of the headgear left to right, and top to bottom; no other insignia is worn on the headgear listed above (see fig 28–19).

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