Insignia, distinguishing, U.S. Army nametape and nameplate

Found in Section 28.24 Page 247

Applies to Gender Both



a. Insignia, distinguishing, U.S. Army.

(1) Description.

(a) For woodland camouflage or olive-green uniforms, the insignia is a woven tape of olive-green cloth, 1 inch

wide, with the inscription “U.S. ARMY” in black block letters, 3⁄4 inch high. For desert camouflage uniforms, the insignia is a woven tape of khaki, 1 inch wide, with the inscription “U.S. ARMY” in spice-brown block letters, 3⁄4 inch high.

(b) As an option, soldiers may purchase and wear 1-inch wide tape with embroidered 3⁄4-inch block letters. The length of the U.S. Army distinguishing insignia tape is 41⁄2 inches, or it extends to the edge of the pocket flap when sewn on the uniform (see fig 28–142).

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(2) How worn. The U.S. Army distinguishing insignia tape is worn immediately above, and parallel to the top edge of the left breast pocket of the uniform shirt, only. The insignia is worn on the temperate, hot-weather, enhanced hot- weather, maternity, aviation, and desert BDU shirts; BDU field jackets; and on organizational clothing when required and prescribed by the commander issuing the organizational clothing. Personnel will not wear the U.S. Army insignia tape on the hospital duty and food service uniforms. Personnel are not authorized to have the words U.S. Army embroidered directly on the uniform (see fig 28–143).

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b. Insignia, nametape.

(1) Description.

(a) For woodland camouflage or olive-green uniforms (except for the ECWCS parka), the nametape is a strip of

olive-green cloth, 1 inch wide, with the individual’s last name in black block letters, 3⁄4 inch in height. Last names consisting of 11 letters or more are constructed using Franklin gothic extra-condensed print (48 point), 1⁄2 inch high. The nametape insignia is 41⁄2 inches in length, or extends to the edge of the pocket flap when sewn on the uniform.

(b) For desert camouflage uniforms, the nametape is a strip of khaki tape with spice-brown lettering, of the same description as in paragraph b(1)(a), above.

(c) For the extended cold-weather clothing system (ECWCS) (Gortex) parka, the nametape is a strip of olive-green cloth, 31⁄2 inches long and 1⁄2 inch wide, with 1⁄4-inch black block lettering. The nametape can accommodate up to 14 characters. No other size nametape is authorized for wear on the Gortex parka.

(d) See para 28–3g(1) for wear of nametapes on helmet bands.

(2) How worn.

(a) All personnel will wear the nametape above the top right breast pocket on the same uniforms and in the same

manner as described for the “U.S. ARMY” tape in paragraph a(1)(a), above. When the nametape is worn with the U.S. Army tape, both must be the same size, 41⁄2 inches in length, or they must extend to the edge of the pocket flaps. Personnel are not authorized to have the last name embroidered directly onto the uniform. Personnel may wear embroidered nametapes with woven U.S. Army insignia (see fig 28–143).

(b) All personnel will wear the nametape on the ECWCS (Gortex) parka, on the left-sleeve pocket flap, 1⁄4 inch above the bottom of the flap, and centered left to right on the flap. Personnel are not authorized to wear the nametape in any other location on the parka than the pocket flap, and they are not authorized to embroider the name directly on the pocket flap.

(3) How to obtain. Initial and replacement nametapes are provided at no cost to enlisted members and are procured from appropriated funds. If facilities are not available at installations for inscribing and attaching nametapes, contract- ing for such services with local vendors is authorized.

c. Nameplate.

(1) Description.

(a) The nameplate is a black, laminated plastic plate, 1 inch by 3 inches, 1/16 inch thick, with a white border not to

exceed 1/32 inch in width. Lettering is block type, indented white lettering, 3⁄8 inch in height, and centered on the plate. Only last names are used on the nameplates. Gloss or non-gloss finish is authorized on the nameplate.

(b) Modifications to the nameplate to add other insignia or information are prohibited unless authorized by HQDA. Personnel will not wear nameplates with authorized additions or translations outside of the area for which they are authorized.

(2) How worn.

(a) Male personnel. On the AG shade 415 shirts, and on the coats of the Army green, white, and blue uniforms, the nameplate is worn centered left to right on the flap of the right breast pocket, and centered between the top of the button and the top of the pocket. (See illustrations in individual uniform chapters.) On the black pullover sweater, the nameplate is worn centered on the black patch of the sweater, except when wearing the DUI or RDI. When wearing a DUI or RDI, the nameplate is placed 1⁄4 inch above the bottom of the black patch, with the top of the DUI or RDI placed 1⁄4 inch below the top edge of the patch, and centered left to right. Personnel may adjust the placement of the nameplate and DUI or RDI, up or down on the patch, to allow for large size DUI or RDI, or to adjust to body configuration (see fig 28–139).

(b) Female personnel. On the Army green uniform, and the new style Army blue and white uniforms, the nameplate is worn 1 to 2 inches above the top button of the coat and centered horizontally on the wearer’s right side (see fig 28–144). On the AG 415 shirts, maternity tunic, hospital duty, and food service uniforms, the nameplate is worn in a comparable position. On the old-style Army blue and white uniforms the nameplate is worn centered horizontally on the wearer’s right side, slightly above the top edge of the top button. (See illustrations in individual uniform chapters.) On the black pullover sweater, the nameplate is worn centered on the black patch of the sweater, except when the DUI or RDI is worn. When wearing a DUI or RDI, the nameplate is placed 1⁄4 inch above the bottom of the black patch, with the top of the DUI or RDI placed 1⁄4 inch below the top edge of the patch, and centered left to right. Personnel may adjust the placement of the nameplate and DUI or RDI, up or down on the patch, to allow for large size DUI or RDI, or to adjust to body configuration (see fig 28–139).

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