Identification badges

Found in Section 29.18 Page 303

Applies to Gender Both



a. The following is the order of precedence of U.S. military identification (ID) badges authorized for wear on the Army uniform:

(1) Presidential Service identification badge (see fig 29–64).

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(2) Vice-Presidential Service identification badge (see fig 29–65).

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(3) Secretary of Defense identification badge (see fig 29–66).

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(4) Joint Chiefs of Staff identification badge (see fig 29–67).

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(5) Army Staff identification badge (see fig 29–68).

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(6) Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier identification badge (see fig 29–69).

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(7) Drill Sergeant identification badge (see fig 29–70).

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(8) U.S. Army Recruiter identification badge (Active Army/Army Reserve) (see fig 29–71).

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(9) Army Career Counselor identification badge (see fig 29–72).

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(10) Recruiting and Retention identification badge, Master (ARNG) (see fig 29–73).

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b. Temporary badges. The following badges are authorized for temporary wear. Personnel will not wear these badges for official photographs or for promotion/selection boards. Upon termination of assignment to the command that directs the wear of these badges, soldiers will discontinue wearing these badges on the uniform.

(1) Unified Combatant Command identification badge. The order of precedence for this badge is after the Joint Chiefs of Staff identification badge.

(2) National Defense University identification badge. The order of precedence for this badge is after the Unified Combatant Command identification badge.

(3) The following badges do not have an order of precedence in relation to other identification badges in this chapter.

(a) Recruiting and Retention identification badge, Basic and Senior (ARNG) (see fig 29–74).

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(b) Military Police identification badge (see fig 29–75).

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c. U.S. non-military identification badges. The Secretary of Health and Human Services identification badge is authorized for wear on the uniform (see fig 29–76).

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d. Wear of identification badges. Personnel may wear no more than two identification badges on one pocket or side of the coat of the uniforms prescribed below. When two identification badges are worn on the same side or pocket, the precedence of the badges is from the wearer’s right (highest) to left (lowest), as listed in a, above. When more than two badges are awarded that are worn on the same side, the individual may determine which two badges are worn on the uniform (see fig 29–77). Identification badges are worn as follows.

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(1) Male personnel.

(a) On service and dress uniforms, and the AG 415 shirt, ID badges are worn centered on the pocket of the coat or shirt. The badge is centered between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, and centered from left to right. When two badges are worn on the same side, they are spaced equally from left to right on the pocket. Personnel may wear miniature badges on the AG 415 shirt.

(b) Subdued badges are worn on the temperate, hot weather, enhanced hot weather, maternity, aviation, and desert BDU shirts, and on the field jacket, with the badge centered on the appropriate breast pocket between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, or in a similar location on uniforms without pockets. When two badges are worn on the same side, they are spaced equally from left to right on the pocket.

(c) On the mess and evening mess uniforms, ID badges are worn centered between the upper two buttons of the jacket, with one inch between badges when two are worn on the same side (see fig 29–78). Personnel are authorized to wear full-size identification badges on the mess and evening mess uniforms when the badges are not available in miniature size.

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(2) Female personnel.

(a) On service and dress uniforms, the identification badge is worn parallel to the waistline on the coat of the Army green uniform, with one inch between badges when two are worn on the same side. Badges are worn in a comparable position on the Army blue and white uniform coats, the maternity tunic, and the AG shade 415 shirt (see fig 29–79). If no other awards, decorations, or insignia (other than the nameplate and rank) are worn on the AG shade 415 shirt, females may place the ID badge parallel to the nameplate, or approximately 1 inch above the nameplate, depending upon which side the badge is worn (see fig 29–80). Females may adjust placement of badges to conform to individual body-shape differences. Personnel may wear miniature badges on the AG 415 shirt.

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(b) Subdued badges are worn on the utility uniforms, the field jacket, and the desert BDU with the badge centered on the appropriate breast pocket between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, or in a similar location on uniforms without pockets. When two badges are worn on the same side, they are spaced equally from left to right on the pocket.

(c) On the mess and evening mess uniforms, ID badges are worn centered between the lower two buttons of the jacket, with one inch between badges when two are worn on the same side (see fig 29–81). Personnel are authorized to wear full-size identification badges on the mess and evening mess uniforms when the badges are not available in miniature size.

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e. Position of wear of identification badges. Badges are worn as prescribed in paragraph c, above. (1) The Presidential Service identification badge is worn on the right side.

(2) Vice-Presidential Service identification badge is worn on the right side.

(3) The Secretary of Defense identification badge is worn on the left side.

(4) The Joint Chiefs of Staff identification badge is worn on the left side.

(5) The Army Staff identification badge is worn on the right side.

(6) The Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier identification badge is worn on the right side. This badge is

authorized as a non-subdued metal badge, and as a subdued embroidered cloth badge.

(7) The Drill Sergeant identification badge is worn on the right side.

(a) This badge is authorized as a non-subdued metal badge, and as a subdued embroidered cloth badge. The subdued

badge has black details and letters embroidered on olive green cloth. The subdued badge is worn on utility uniforms and field jackets, with the badge centered on the right breast pocket between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, as measured from the insignia, not the cloth backing. Personnel will wear the subdued badge with the background material intact.

(b) When personnel wear both the subdued Drill Sergeant and Career Counselor badges on utility uniforms, the Drill Sergeant badge is worn to the right of the Career Counselor badge. Officers who were awarded the Drill Sergeant badge as a permanent award while in an enlisted status are authorized to wear the badge.

(8) The U.S. Army Recruiter identification badge, Active Army/Army Reserve, is worn on the left side.

(a) This badge is authorized for wear by military personnel assigned or attached to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) as designated by the CG, USAREC. (See AR 600–8–22 for eligibility criteria.) Personnel may wear only one recruiter badge at a time.

(b) This badge is authorized as a non-subdued metal badge and as a subdued embroidered cloth badge. The subdued badge is embroidered on olive-green cloth (silver badge) or black cloth (gold badge). The subdued badge is worn on utility uniforms and field jackets, with the badge centered on the left breast pocket between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, as measured from the insignia, not the cloth backing. Personnel will wear the subdued badge with the background material intact.

(c) Officers who were awarded the U.S. Army Recruiter badge as a permanent award while in an enlisted status are authorized to wear the badge.

(9) The Career Counselor identification badge is worn on the right side. Only enlisted personnel in CMF 79 are authorized wear of this badge. (See AR 600–8–22 for eligibility criteria.)

(a) The badge is authorized as a non-subdued metal badge in a small and large version, and as a subdued embroidered cloth badge. The subdued badge is embroidered on green cloth and is worn on the utility uniforms and field jackets with the badge centered on the right breast pocket, between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, as measured from the insignia, not the cloth backing. Personnel will wear the subdued badge with the background material intact.

(b) When both the Career Counselor identification and Drill Sergeant badges are worn, the Drill Sergeant badge is worn to the right of the Career Counselor badge. Personnel wear the non-subdued Career Counselor badge on the black pullover sweater instead of the DUI or RDI.

(10) The Recruiting and Retention identification badges, ARNG, are worn on the left side.

(a) Basic and Senior badges. (See NGR 601–1 for eligibility criteria.) These badges are authorized as non-subdued metal badges and as subdued embroidered cloth badges. The non-subdued basic badge is silver and the senior badge is gold. The subdued basic badge is a black minuteman on green cloth, and the subdued senior badge is a green minuteman on black cloth. The basic and senior badges are authorized for temporary wear only while assigned to a recruiting position, or to occasional recruiting duties. Officers may wear this as a temporary badge if assigned to recruiting duties.

(b) Master badge. The non-subdued master badge is a gold badge surrounded by a wreath. The subdued badge is a black minuteman on green cloth, surrounded by a black wreath. This badge is authorized for permanent wear. After ARNG master-level recruiters leave recruiting duty, they may wear the master badge on the class A uniform; they may wear the badge on the AG shade 415 shirt only when all other awards and decorations are worn. Officers who were awarded the Recruiting and Retention badge, Master, as a permanent award while in an enlisted recruiter status, or as an AMEDD recruiter, are authorized to wear the badge.

(c) Personnel wear the subdued badges on utility uniforms and field jackets, with the badge centered on the left breast pocket between the bottom of the pocket flap and the bottom of the pocket, as measured from the insignia, not the cloth backing. Personnel will wear the subdued badge with the background material intact. Only one recruiter badge is authorized for wear at a time. Soldiers currently on recruiting duty will wear the recruiter badge of their component.

(11) The Unified Combatant Commander identification badge is worn on the left side. The design of the badge is unique to the respective command. The badge is authorized for wear by personnel assigned to the Combatant Commander’s staff, and by personnel assigned to subordinate unified commands and direct reporting units to the unified command, at the direction of the Unified Combatant Commander. The badge is worn on the class A and B uniforms, and on the Army dress, mess, and evening mess uniforms.

(12) The National Defense University (NDU) identification badge is worn on the right side. Personnel assigned to the faculty or staff of NDU; the National War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; or the Armed Forces Staff College are authorized to wear the badge during their assignment.

(13) The Military Police badge is worn on the left side. The Military Police badge is the symbol of law enforcement authority vested in Military Police and is worn only in the performance of law enforcement duties.

(a) The Military Police badge is worn on the Army green uniform coat when MPs wear the coat as an outer garment. Males wear the badge centered below the pocket flap on the left breast pocket (see fig 29–82). Females wear the badge centered or aligned to the left above the service ribbons (see fig 29–83). The badge is attached to the outer garment by using a pin clasp or a leather fob.

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(b) Brassards are worn when MPs wear utility uniforms, the AG shade 415 shirt, the black pullover sweater, black windbreaker, or black overcoat as outer garments. (See paragraph 28–29b(9) for brassard wear policy.)

(14) DOD/Joint Agency identification badges. DOD/Joint Agency badges are worn by personnel during their assignment to specific DOD and Joint Agencies. Badges may be worn on either pocket/side of the uniform, as long as they do not interfere with the positioning of other badges listed in this chapter. Manner of wear is determined by the agency.

(15) The Secretary of Health and Human Services badge is worn on the right side. Officers wear this badge temporarily upon initial assignment within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (OSHHS). After one year of duty in OSHHS, officers may wear the badge permanently.

Note. Subdued badges, worn on desert BDUs, are available in spicebrown/brown/khaki.