PERMANENT MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD (PMCUB)

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CHAPTER 4

 

 

INSIGNIA AND REGULATIONS FOR WEAR

 

 

 

PARAGRAPH

AIGUILLETTES ...................................

 

4000

BRANCH OF SERVICE INSIGNIA .....................

 

4001

BREAST INSIGNIA ................................

 

4002

BUTTONS, INSIGNIA ..............................

 

4003

INSIGNIA OF GRADE, ENLISTED ....................

 

4004

INSIGNIA OF GRADE, OFFICERS ....................

 

4005

MARINE GUNNER INSIGNIA .........................

 

4006

SERVICE/IDENTIFICATION BADGES ..................

 

4007

SERVICE STRIPES ................................

 

4008

SLACKS/TROUSER STRIPES (OFFICER/NCO) ...........

 

4009

 

 

FIGURE

4-1

AIDE-DE-CAMP ACCESSORIES

 

4-2

WEARING AIGUILLETTES

 

4-3

PLACEMENT OF BRANCH OF SERVICE AND OFFICERS' GRADE INSIGNIA

 

4-4

BREAST INSIGNIA

 

4-5

ENLISTED INSIGNIA OF GRADE

 

4-6

PLACEMENT OF ENLISTED GRADE INSIGNIA AND SERVICE STRIPES (MEN)

 

4-7

PLACEMENT OF ENLISTED GRADE INSIGNIA AND SERVICE STRIPES (WOMEN)

 

4-8

GRADE INSIGNIA FOR MALE SNCO EVENING DRESS

4-9

ENLISTED GRADE INSIGNIA (METAL/PLASTIC)

 

4-10

PLACEMENT OF METAL/PLASTIC INSIGNIA OF GRADE (UTILITY COAT FIELD COAT, AND KHAKI SHIRT WITH SERVICE SWEATER)

 

4-11

oFFICERS’ GRADE INSIGNIA (SHOULDER)

 

4-12

PLACEMENT OF COLLAR INSIGNIA (OFFICER)

 

4-13

GENERAL OFFICER COLLAR INSIGNIA

 

4-14

PLACEMENT OF SHOULDER INSIGNIA (OFFICER)

 

4-15

PLACEMENT OF INSIGNIA ON COMBAT UTILITIES COAT  

 

4-16

PLACEMENT OF RANK INSIGNIA ON THE MALE OFFICER GARRISON CAP

 

4-17

MARINE GUNNER COLLAR INSIGNIA

 

4-18

SERVICE/IDENTIFICATION BADGES

 

 

 

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4000.  AIGUILLETTES (See figs. 4-1 and 4-2.)

 

Figure Hyperlinks:

Fig 4-1

Aide-de-Camp Accessories

Fig 4-2

Wearing Aiguillettes

1.  General.  Unless specifically authorized by the CMC, only those officers listed below will wear aiguillettes.

      a.  Service aiguillettes consist of the number of loops indicated:

              (1) Four Loops.  Personal aides to the President or Vice President; aides at the White House; aides to the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense, Secretary or Under Secretary of the Navy, and Assistant Secretaries of Defense or the Navy; aide to the General Counsel of the Navy; and naval attaches and assistant attaches assigned to an embassy.  Naval attaches and assistant attaches may wear aiguillettes only within areas of accreditation, except when specifically requested and accompanying an ambassador or foreign service officer to whom accredited at an official function.

(2) Four Loops.  Aides to generals, admirals, or officials of higher grade.

(3) Three Loops.  Aides to lieutenant generals or vice admirals.

(4) Two Loops.  Aides to major/brigadier generals, rear admirals, or other officers of lower grade entitled to an aide.

    b.  Officers appointed as aides to a governor of a state or territory may wear aiguillettes on official occasions.  If worn, service aiguillettes will have two loops.

c.  Aides to top-ranking foreign representatives visiting the United States will wear aiguillettes when so ordered.  An aiguillette appropriate to the official's grade to whom attached will be worn.

d.  Administrative assistants to deputy commandants at Headquarters Marine Corps may wear the aiguillette when acting in the capacity of Aide de Camp.  The aiguillette appropriate to the grade of the deputy comandants to will be worn.

e.  Aides to the President, Vice-President, foreign heads of state, and aides at the White House will wear aiguillettes on the right shoulder.  All other aides will wear aiguillettes on the left shoulder.

f.  When the Fourragere is worn with an aiguillette, it will be worn under the aiguillette.

2.  Dress

    a.  Dress aiguillettes are of round gold cord ¼ inch in diameter, with a core of yellow cotton covered with gold or gilt thread.  It consists of two cords made in three plaits, with a pencil attachment on the end of each plaited cord, and of two loops of single cord.  The rear-plaited cord is 28 inches long and the front-plaited cord is 20 inches long; the front single cord is 17 inches long and the rear single cord is 21 inches long.  The two-plaited cords and front single loop (after the latter has been passed through rear single loop) are securely fastened together and have a 1-inch loop of No. 9 gold braid for attaching aiguillettes to top button of coat, collar opening of dress coat, or button or hook of jackets; the rear-plaited cord passing over the front-plaited cord and fastening underneath the front-plaited cord at the loop.  From the point where the cords are secured together, the two-plaited cords extend as single cords for 2 inches, then they form coils of five laps, ends passing through coils and extending 2 inches to the gilt pencil attachment.  The position separating the front- and rear-plaited cords is fitted with a bar pin about 1-1/2 inches long and 3/8 inch wide, covered with a 1-1/2 inch strip of No. 3 gold braid covering the ends of the cord, and the bar, to allow attaching the aiguillette to the coat or jacket at the shoulder, just inside the armhole seam.  The pencil attachment is gold-plated brass, 3.015 inches long, the cap is 0.656 inches long, and the pencil is 2.359 inches long.  The cap has six leaves; the pencil has two miniature Marine Corps emblems (omitting motto ribbon and anchor rope) on the upper part and two wreaths on the lower part, all in relief around the circumference.  The smooth surfaces are polished; the cap or upper part is stamped; and the lower part hollow-cast, turned, milled, and knurled.

    b.  Dress aiguillettes are worn on the evening dress, blue dress "A"/"B", blue-white dress, and white dress uniforms.  Both plaited cords and the front single loop are worn in the front of the arm, the rear single loop passing from the rear under the arm.

c.  Males.  On the evening dress jacket, dress aiguillettes worn on the right side will be suspended from a hook at the inside at the base of the collar closure; those worn on the left side will be suspended from the top button.  The shoulder straps on the evening dress jacket may be modified, at the individual's option, to allow the aiguillette to pass under the shoulder strap as depicted in figure 4-2.  Dress aiguillettes will be suspended from the top button of the blue dress and white dress coats.

d.  Females.  On the evening dress jackets and dress coats, dress aiguillettes will be suspended from the milled nut securing the branch of service insignia or from a small button attached to the body of the jacket/coat under the extreme inside point of slash between lapel and collar on the side on which the aiguillette is worn.

3.  Service

       a.  Service aiguillettes are of round gold wire and scarlet cord, 1/4 inch in diameter, and consist of two, three, or four loops sewn together all the way around.  The lengths of the cords forming loops are:  the first/inside loop, 27 inches; the second loop, 28-1/2 inches; third loop, 28-3/8 inches, and fourth loop, 30-3/4 inches.  Where the ends meet, the cords are fitted with a bar pin about 1-1/2 inches long by 3/8 inch wide and bound together with a 1-1/2-inch strip of No. 3 gold braid covering the ends of the cord to allow attachment of the aiguillettes to uniform coats at the shoulder, just inside the armhole seam.  The loops are arranged to lie flat in a horizontal position where they are fastened to the armhole seam, continuing thus for about half their length, then twisting obliquely and becoming superimposed vertically around the lower curve.    

b.  Service aiguillettes are worn on the service "A," "B," and "C" uniforms and the blue dress "C"/"D" uniforms.  Service aiguillettes are not worn on the service sweater, tanker jacket or all-weather coat.  

c.  To prevent the scarlet color from running, service aiguillettes should not be worn outdoors during periods of precipitation.

d.  Service aiguillettes will be fastened under the shoulder strap and go around the shoulder just under the armpit, with the longest loop nearest the collar.

e.  On the khaki shirt, service aiguillettes will go around the shoulder just under the armpit, with the longest loop nearest the collar, and fastened at the shoulder just inside the armhole seam.

 

4001.  BRANCH OF SERVICE INSIGNIA

 

Figure Hyperlinks:

 Fig 4-3       Placement of Branch of Service and Officers’ Grade Insignia.

1.  Design

       a.  The officers' branch of service insignia for the dress/service cap is modeled after the Marine Corps emblem without motto ribbon.  It consists of a view of the globe (Western Hemisphere) about 7/8 inch in diameter, intersected by a fouled anchor, and surmounted by an eagle.  The rope of the fouled anchor is only connected at distinct points.  The insignia is provided with a screwpost securely soldered to and projecting from the approximate center rear of the globe, and fitted with a milled nut.  The dress insignia is gold and silver while the service insignia is finished in a nonglossy black.

b.  The design of the officers' dress collar insignia is identical to the dress cap insignia, except that it is about 11/16 inch in diameter.

c.  The design of the officers' service collar insignia is identical to the service cap insignia, except that it is 9/16 inch in diameter.

d.  Enlisted branch of service insignia is the same general design as officers' insignia, except that the rope is continuously connected to the fouled anchor of the emblem.  Dress insignia is stamped of gold color metal while service insignia is stamped and finished in non-glossy black.

2.  Cap Insignia

    a.  Dress cap insignia will be worn with the dress cap, centered vertically in the eyelet provided.

    b.  When the service frame cap is worn with service uniforms, service cap insignia will be worn centered vertically in the eyelet provided.  It will also be worn in the same manner on the fiber sun helmet and campaign hat.   

c.  The left service collar insignia will be worn on the left front side of the garrison cap, with the insignia centered vertically in the eyelet provided.

3.  Collar Insignia.  (See figs. 4-3, 5-3, and 5-4.)

a.  Dress collar insignia will be worn on the blue and white dress coats and evening dress jackets placed in the eyelets provided, with eagles facing inboard, as follows:

             (1) For male personnel the insignia will be aligned vertically in the center of each side of the collar on the blue dress coats and the officers' evening dress jacket.  On the SNCO evening dress jacket the insignia will be worn on each side with the wing span horizontally parallel to the deck.
       (2) For female personnel, the insignia will be worn on each side centered between the crease roll and edge of the collar on the evening dress jacket and the blue dress coats, with the wing span parallel to the bottom edge of the coat or jacket.

      b.  Service collar insignia will be worn on the collar of the service coat, centered on the collar in the eyelets provided, eagles facing inboard, with the wing tips parallel to the bottom of the coat.

 

4002.  BREAST INSIGNIA. (See fig. 4-4.) 

 

Figure Hyperlinks:

  Fig 4-4       Breast Insignia.

1.  General

a.  Per the current edition of MCO P1000.6, Assignment Classification and Travel Systems (ACTS) Manual and whose right to wear the insignia has not been specifically revoked, a Marine qualified or designated as a naval aviator, naval flight officer, Marine aerial navigator, naval aviation observer, naval or combat aircrew member, parachutist, explosive ordnance disposal technician, or U.S. Navy diver, will wear appropriate breast insignia according to the following regulations.
      
b.  A Marine designated as a naval astronaut (pilot, NFO, or mission specialist) will wear the appropriate naval astronaut insignia as prescribed by the Department of the Navy.

c.  In addition to the breast insignia authorized in these regulations, naval medical officers assigned to Marine Corps units who are designated flight surgeons may wear the U.S. Navy gold metal flight surgeon insignia on Marine Corps service and utility uniforms.  

d.  Only those breast insignia listed in these regulations are authorized for wear on Marine Corps uniforms.

    e.  Other U.S. service pilot/navigator insignia and foreign pilot insignia may be worn, but only as authorized in subparagraph 4002.3.
    f.  Any other U.S. service/foreign/civilian breast insignia may be accepted by an individual, but will not be worn on Marine Corps uniforms.
 2.  Insignia Descriptions

a.  Aviation Insignia.  Basic naval aviation wings are gold metal wings 2-3/4 inches from tip to tip.  Centerpieces vary to distinguish aviation specialties.

(1) The naval aviator insignia is a bronze, gold metal pin consisting of a fouled anchor surmounted by a shield, centered on the basic wings.  The fouled anchor is 7/8 inch long.  The height and width of the shield is 1/2 inch.

(2) The naval flight officer insignia is a gold metal pin consisting of two crossed fouled anchors surcharged with a shield, centered on the basic wings.  The fouled anchors are 7/8 inch long.  The height and width of the shield is 1/2 inch.

(3) The Marine aerial navigator insignia is a gold metal pin consisting of the basic wings with a central device of two fouled anchors surmounted by a replica of a mariner's compass, superimposed on a silver-colored disk.  The fouled anchors are 5/8 inch long; diameter of the disk, 1/2 inch; diameter of the compass, 3/8 inch.

(4) The naval aviation observer insignia is a gold metal pin consisting of the basic wings with a central device of an "O" circumscribing an erect plain anchor, both in silver in bold relief, the center of the "O" being filled with gold.  The outer diameter of the "O" is 3/4 inch; inner diameter, 9/16 inch; height of the anchor, 1/2 inch.

(5) The naval aircrew insignia is a gold metal pin consisting of the basic wings with a circular center design and anchor with the block letters "AC" superimposed.  The circle diameter is 3/4 inch; anchor height is 1/2 inch.

(6) The combat aircrew insignia is an metal pin having silver wings, with a gold-colored circular shield with superimposed fouled anchor; the word "AIRCREW" in raised letters on a silver-colored background below the circular shield; above the shield is a silver-colored scroll; the insignia measures 2 inches from wing tip to wing tip; circle on the shield, 5/16 inch in diameter.  Gold stars, up to a total of three, as merited, will be mounted on the scroll, necessary holes being pierced to receive them.  A silver star may be worn in lieu of three gold stars.

b.  Parachutist Insignia

(1) The basic parachutist insignia is a silver pin about 1-1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch high, consisting of an open parachute flanked on either side by wings curving up and inward so that the tips join the edge of the parachute canopy.

(2) The Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia is a gold metal pin, consisting of the basic aviation wings with a gold-colored open parachute centered on the wings.  The parachute is 1/2 inch wide at its widest part and 13/16 inch long from top to bottom.

    c.  Explosive Ordnance Disposal

(1) The basic EOD insignia is an silver pin consisting of a 1-inch high shield with a conventional drop bomb, point down, and 4 lightning bolts, all in front of a laurel leaf wreath 1-3/4 inches wide.

(2) The senior EOD insignia is the same as the basic EOD insignia, but with a 7/32-inch star on the drop bomb.

(3) The master EOD insignia is the same as the senior EOD insignia with a star in a laurel wreath above the shield.

d.  Diver Insignia
               (1) The master diver insignia is a silver pin approximately 1 inch high and 1-1/4 inches wide, with 2 upright seahorses facing a diving helmet, and 2 tridents projecting upward and canted outward from the diving helmet's cover.  A double carrick bend is superimposed on the breastplate.

(2) The diving medical technician insignia is same as the master diver insignia, with a caduceus on the breastplate.

(3) The first class diver insignia is a silver metal pin approximately 1 inch high and 1-inch wide, with a diving helmet surrounded by sea serpents.

(4) The combatant diver insignia is a gold pin approximately 1-inch and 15/16 inch wide, consisting of wet suit headgear and low profile facemask with chest mounted breathing apparatus.

(5) The second class diver insignia is a silver metal pin approximately one inch high and 3/4 inches wide, with a diving helmet and breastplate.

(6) The SCUBA diver insignia is a silver pin approximately 1-1/16 inches high and 1 inch wide, consisting of wet suit headgear and facemask with breathing apparatus around the neck. 

3.  Regulations for Wear
        a.  Authorized insignia will be worn on the left breast of all service and dress coats.  It may be worn at the individual's option on khaki shirts worn as the outer garment (with or without ribbons), utility coats or the maternity work uniform coats.  Miniature insignia, one-half regular size, will be worn on evening dress jackets.  Breast insignia will not be worn on the cloak/cape, AWC, extreme cold weather parka, tanker jacket, field coat or sweater.

>CH 5 b.  Anodized breast insignia will be worn on all evening dress and dress uniforms.  Either anodized or oxidized breast insignia may be worn at the individual’s option on the service uniforms, but mixing of anodized and oxidized breast insignia is not authorized.  When breast insignia are worn on the utility uniform, shiny or oxidized/antique breast insignia will be worn, with the exception that subdued brown or black breast insignia may be prescribed in a field environment in lieu of oxidized breast insignia. MARADMIN 322/05

>CH 5 c.  When worn on the dress coat, service coat, khaki shirt, or maternity tunic, the insignia will be placed with wings horizontal and parallel to the top of the breast pockets (if any).  On women's coats and combat utility uniform coats with slanted pockets, a horizontal line tangent to the highest point of the pocket (or top corner of the service tape in the case of the combat utility uniform coat) is considered the top of the pocket (see figure 4-15).

(1) When worn alone, the insignia will be worn in the same position a single ribbon would be worn.

>CH 5  (2) When worn with medals, ribbons, or marksmanship badges, the bottom of the insignia will be centered 1/8 inch above the top row of such awards.  When successively decreasing rows of ribbon bars are worn (as in subparagraph 5301.5), and the top row of ribbons is such that centering the insignia presents an unsatisfactory appearance, the insignia may be centered between the outer edge of the coat lapel and the left edge of the vertically aligned ribbon rows.

d.  When worn on male officers' evening dress jacket, the miniature insignia will be placed on the left-front panel on a line 1/8 inch above the second blind buttonhole, and spaced midway between the inner edge and left-armhole seam.

e.  When worn on evening dress jackets with lapels, the miniature insignia will be centered 1/8 inch above the miniature medals, or if no medals are authorized, the miniature insignia will be centered on the lapel at the position prescribed for the top of the medal bar.

f.  Other U.S. service pilot/navigator insignia or foreign pilot insignia earned while the individual was a member of the foreign or other U.S. service may be worn provided the insignia is a duly authorized qualification insignia.  These insignia may be worn on the right breast, in the same manner as Navy/Marine Corps insignia are worn on the left breast, without specific CMC authorization.

g.  Other U.S. service pilot insignia earned as a Marine while undergoing training leading to qualification for the naval aviation insignia will be worn on the left breast as prescribed above, until qualified and authorized to wear the naval aviator insignia, at which time the other service insignia will no longer be worn.

h.  When two Navy/Marine Corps aviation insignia are worn at a time, the senior insignia will be worn 1/8 inch above the other as follows (from top to bottom):

(1) Naval Aviator and Naval Aviation Pilot

(2) Naval Flight Officer

(3) Marine Aerial Navigator

(4) Naval Aviation Observer   

>CH 5   (5) Combat Aircrew.  Individual option, but may not be worn with Naval aircrew.

>CH 5   (6) Naval Aircrew.  Individual option, but may not be worn with combat aircrew.

i.  When the Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia is worn, the basic parachutist insignia will not be worn.  When aviation insignia is worn with the basic or Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia, the parachutist insignia will be centered 1/8 inch above any aviation insignia.

    j.  When EOD insignia is worn with aviation or parachutist insignia, the EOD insignia will be centered 1/8 inch above the other insignia.

k.  A Marine with more than one diver insignia will wear the senior insignia, per the current edition of MCO P1000.6, ACTS Manual.  When diver insignia are worn with any other breast insignia, the diver insignia will be centered 1/8 inch above the other insignia. 

      l.  Not more than two USMC-approved breast insignia will be worn on the left, and not more than one foreign pilot or other U.S. service pilot/navigator insignia will be worn on the right, at any time.

 

4003.  BUTTONS, INSIGNIA

1.  The nonglossy black plastic buttons and gold-plated buttons have the regulation USMC eagle and anchor design stamped on the front (high dome is on gold buttons only) with black or bright gold background, as appropriate, and a burnished rim on gold buttons.

2.  Gold metal buttons are either small (22-line), medium (27-line), or large (40-line), and will be worn on the dress uniforms as follows:

a.  Blue and white dress coat: 27-line on shoulder straps, enlisted cuffs, and men's pockets, 40-line on coat fronts.

b.  Evening dress jacket: 27-line on shoulder straps (except female SNCOs), on the front of the jacket, and on officers' cuffs.  Male SNCOs also have a 27-line chain-link closure button on the jacket front.

c.  Waistcoats: 22-line on front.

d.  Dress frame cap: 27-line with screw-type back.

3.  The black plastic buttons are either medium (27-line) or large (40-line) and will be worn on the service uniform as follows:   

a.  Service coat: 27-line on shoulder straps and men's pockets, 40-line on coat fronts.

b.  Service frame cap: 27-line with screw-type back.

 

4004.  INSIGNIA OF GRADE, ENLISTED (see figures 4-5 thru 4-10)


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 4-5

Enlisted Insignia of grade

 4-6

Placement of enlisted grade insignia and service stripes (men)

 4-7

Placement of enlisted grade insignia and service stripes (women)

 4-8

Grade insignia for male SNCO evening dress

 4-9

Enlisted grade insignia (metal/plastic)

 4-10

Placement of metal/plastic insignia of grade (utility coat, field coat and khaki shirt with service sweater)

1.   General

a.  Enlisted Marines will wear only the grade insignia prescribed for their grade/gender, as available through the DoD Supply System or MCCSs.

b.  Cloth insignia is available in two sizes, large for men and small for women.  Insignia will be sewn on garments with thread that matches the background material of the insignia using a straight machine stitch.  No other style of stitching will be used.

c.  Scarlet broadcloth insignia (green on scarlet or gold on scarlet) may be finished with either a merrowed (whip-stitched) edge or a cut edge.  Insignia and service stripes on the service and blue dress coats are to be of the same edge style.

2.  Regulations for Cloth Insignia

a.  Insignia will be of the design illustrated in figure 4-5 and will be worn single point up, centered on the outer half of each sleeve.  Insignia will be placed 4 inches below the shoulder seam (3 inches for male first sergeant/master sergeant and above) except as otherwise noted below.  (See figs. 4-6 and 4-7.)

b.  Green on scarlet insignia will be worn on green service coats.

c.  Green on khaki insignia will be worn on khaki shirts.  On short sleeve khaki shirts, insignia will be centered between the shoulder seam and the bottom edge of the sleeve (men) or the peak of the cuff (women).

d.  Standard gold on scarlet insignia will be worn on blue dress coats.

e.  Washable gold on scarlet insignia may be worn on women's (blue dress) white shirts, centered between the shoulder seam and the peak of the cuff.  However, they are no longer required.

f.  Distinctive 1890's style gold on scarlet insignia, as depicted in figure 4-8, will be worn on the SNCOs evening dress jacket, placed 3 inches below the shoulder seam.  A reduced version (70 percent of original size) of this insignia will be worn on female SNCO evening dress jackets, three inches below the shoulder seam. 

3.  Regulations for Plastic/Metal Insignia

a.  Black metal/plastic insignia of the design illustrated in figure 4-9 will be worn as indicated below:

(1) AWC, field coat, utility coat and maternity work uniform coat: vertically, on each side of the collar with the single point up and the center of the insignia on a line bisecting the angle of the point of the collar.  The lower outside edge of the insignia will be equally spaced 1/2 inch from both sides of the collar.  (See fig. 4-10.)

>CH 5   (2) Tanker jacket and sweater with epaulettes: insignia will be worn on each shoulder strap, single point inboard, and placed so that it is equidistant from the front and rear edges of the shoulder straps with the lowest point of the insignia's outer edge 3/4 inch from the armhole seam. Collar grade insignia will not be worn on the collar of the shirt when the sweater with epaulettes is worn.  ALMAR 059/01

(3) Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) parka: one insignia will be worn centered on the zipper flap in the space provided.

(4) Organizational clothing (coveralls, food service uniforms, aviation clothing, etc.): insignia will be worn, in the same manner as worn on the utility coat, unless otherwise prescribed by the commander.

>Ch 5  (5) Green Service Sweater with epaulettes:  black metal insignia, of the design illustrated in figure 4-9, will be centered vertically on each epaulette, single point inboard, and placed so that it is equidistant from the front and rear edges of the shoulder straps with the lowest point of the insignia’s outer edge 3/4-inch from the armhole seam.  Rank insignia will not be worn on the collar of the shirt. ALMAR 059/01

>Ch 5 b.  Blue Dress Sweater.  Gold-plated (brushed brass) metal insignia of the design illustrated in figure 4-9 will be worn centered vertically on each shoulder strap of the blue dress sweater, single point inboard, and placed so that it is equidistant from the front and rear edges of the shoulder straps with the lowest point of the insignia's outer edge 3/4 inch from the armhole seam. 


 4005.  INSIGNIA OF GRADE, OFFICERS. (See fig. 4-11.)

 
Figure Hyperlinks:

4-11

Officers’ grade insignia (shoulder)

4-12

Placement of collar insignia (officer)

4-13

General officer collar insignia

4-14

Placement of shoulder insignia (officer)

4-15

Placement of insignia on combat utilities coat

4-16

Placement of rank insignia on the male officer garrison cap

>CH 5 1.  General.  Officers will wear only the grade insignia prescribed for their grade.  Insignia is made of either shiny (anodized or oxidized) metal or subdued (flat black or brown) metal with clutch-type fasteners except for the evening dress uniform, upon which full-size shoulder grade insignia will either be embroidered directly on the shoulder strap, or embroidered on dark blue cloth, stitched to the shoulder straps of the jacket.  ALMAR 015/02

2.  Descriptions by Grade
      a.  General.  Four silver-colored, five-pointed, pyramid-shaped stars.  Shoulder stars are 1 inch in diameter and are either fastened together on a metal holding bar or placed individually with one point of each star in the same line; distance between the centers of adjacent stars will be 3/4 inch.  Collar stars are 9/16 inch in diameter and will be fastened together on a metal holding bar in a straight line with one ray of each star pointing upward and at right angles to the holding bar.

b.  Lieutenant General.  Three silver-colored stars, of the same type and arranged in the same manner as for a general, except the distance between centers of adjacent shoulder stars will be 1 inch.

     c.  Major General.  Two silver-colored stars of the same type and arranged in the same manner as for a lieutenant general.

>CH 5 d.  Brigadier General.  One silver-colored star.  Additionally, the 5/8-inch insignia is authorized for wear, as long as the same size insignia is worn on both collars. PMCUB Decision Memo 1020 of 21 Jul 03

    e.  Colonel.  A silver-colored spread eagle, made in pairs, right and left, talons of 1 foot grasping an olive branch, the other, a bundle of arrows.  Shoulder insignia; slightly curved, with 1-1/2-inch wingspan.  Collar insignia; flat, with 31/32-inch wingspan.

f.  Lieutenant Colonel.  A seven-pointed, silver-colored oak leaf, raised and veined. Shoulder insignia; slightly curved, 1 inch from stem tip to center leaf tip.  Collar insignia; flat, 23/32 inch from stem tip to center leaf tip.
    g.  Major.  A gold-colored oak leaf of the same type as for a lieutenant colonel.

h.  Captain.  Two smooth silver-colored bars, without bevel, attached at each end by a holding bar. Shoulder insignia; each bar slightly curved, 1-1/8 inches long by 3/8-inch wide, and 3/8-inch apart.  Collar insignia; flat, each bar 3/4-inch long by 1/4-inch wide and 1/4-inch apart.

i.  First Lieutenant.  One silver-colored bar of the same type as for a captain.

j.  Second Lieutenant.  One gold-colored bar of the same type as for a first lieutenant.

k.  Chief Warrant Officer, CWO-5.  One silver-colored bar of the same type as for a first lieutenant, with one scarlet enamel stripe superimposed lengthwise.  Shoulder insignia; center enamel stripe is 1/8-inch wide and 1-1/8 inch long.  Collar insignia; center enamel stripe is 1/8-inch wide and 3/4-inch long.

l.  Chief Warrant Officer, CWO-4.  One silver-colored bar of the same type as for a first lieutenant, with three scarlet enamel blocks superimposed.  Shoulder insignia; center enamel block is 1/4 inch wide, with 1/8 inch wide outer blocks, 1/4 inch from the edges of the center block.  Collar insignia; center enamel block is 5/32 inch wide, with 3/32 inch wide outer blocks, 5/32 inch from the edges of the center block.

m.  Chief Warrant Officer, CWO-3.  One silver-colored bar of the same type as for a CWO-4, with two scarlet enamel blocks superimposed.  Shoulder insignia blocks are 3/8-inch wide and 1/4-inch apart.  Collar insignia; blocks are 1/4-inch wide and 5/32-inch apart.

n.  Chief Warrant Officer, CWO-2.  One gold-colored bar of the same type as for a second lieutenant, with three scarlet enamel blocks arranged in the same manner as for a CWO-4.

o.  Warrant Officer, WO-1.  One gold-colored bar of the same type as for a CWO-2, with two scarlet enamel blocks arranged in the same manner as for a CWO-3.

3.  Insignia Placement.  (See figs. 4-11, 4-13, 4-14 and 4-15, 4-16.)

>CH 5  a.  Metal grade insignia will be worn on all uniforms except for the evening dress jacket.  Evening dress jacket insignia will be embroidered, either directly on the shoulder straps, or on dark blue cloth stitched to the shoulder straps.  Commanders will prescribe subdued or shiny pin-on insignia for officers (as appropriate) with the combat utility uniform and other field clothing in field environments.  Drab brown subdued insignia (CWO1, CWO2, 2ndLt and Major) and flat black subdued insignia will be used to represent silver colored insignia.  Shiny pin-on grade insignia will be worn for all other occasions and uniforms, except as detailed above.  ALMAR 015/02

>CH 4 & 6  b.  Shoulder grade insignia will be placed on each shoulder strap of dress jackets, dress/service coats, the AWC, the tanker jacket, and field coat in the manner described below.  Shoulder grade insignia will not be worn on the service or dress sweater. ALMAR 59/01 & MARADMIN 199/04

(1) All officers will wear their insignia so that it is equidistant from the front and rear edges of the shoulder straps.  Colonels and below will position their insignia so that the midpoint of the insignia's outer edge is 3/4 inch from the armhole seam.

(2) General officers' stars will be worn equally spaced between the armhole seam and the shoulder strap button or edge of the collar, whichever is closer.  One ray of each star points toward the collar.

(3) Colonels' eagles will be worn with the wings at right angles to the center line of the shoulder strap with the eagle's head toward the collar and facing front.

(4) Field grade oak leaves will be worn with the stem toward the armhole seam.

(5) Company grade bars will be worn with the long axis of the bars at right angles to the center of the shoulder strap.

>CH 5 c.  Collar grade insignia will be worn on both sides of the collar of khaki shirts (to include when worn under the service and dress sweaters), and the utility and camouflage maternity coats.  When the service "A" uniform is worn by officers, the wear of the collar insignia is required at all times.  The insignia will be centered between the top and bottom edge of the collar, with the outer edge of the insignia one inch from the front edge of the collar. 

       (1) General officers' stars will be worn with one ray of each star pointing toward the top edge of the collar.

>CH 5  (2) Colonels' eagles will be worn on both sides of the khaki shirt and camouflage utility coats with the head toward the top of the collar facing to the front, with the wings perpendicular to the front edge of the collar.  On the combat utility coat the eagle will be worn with the wings perpendicular to the deck.  ALMAR 015/02

>CH 5  (3) Field grade oak leaves will be worn with the stem toward the bottom of the collar and the line from the tip to the stem parallel to the deck.  When the shirt collar is buttoned up the insignia will be parallel to the collar edge, as depicted in figure 4-12.  MARADMIN 199/04

>CH 5  (4) Company grade insignia will be worn with the long axis of the bars parallel to the deck.  When the shirt collar is buttoned up the insignia will be parallel to the collar edge, as depicted in figure 4-12.  ALMAR 199/04

d.  Collar grade insignia will be worn on the right side of the garrison cap opposite to the branch of service collar insignia, with the insignia placed at a point midway on the arc of the flap and the flap generally bisecting the insignia (see Fig. 4-11)

(1) Generals' stars will be worn with one ray of each star pointing toward the top of the cap, with the long axis horizontal.  

(2) Colonels' eagles will be worn with the head toward the top of the cap.  The right insignia for the garrison cap will have the head facing forward.

(3) Field grade oak leaves will be worn with the stem toward the bottom of the cap.

(4) Company grade bars will be worn so the long axis of the bar is essentially vertical.  

e.  Collar grade insignia will also be worn on the front of the ECWCS parka, centered on the zipper flap in the space provided.  Colonel's eagles will be worn so that the eagle is facing to the wearer's right.

 

4006.   MARINE GUNNER INSIGNIA. (See fig. 4-17.)

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Marine gunner collar insignia

1.  Those warrant officers officially designated as "Marine Gunner" per

current edition of MCO P1000.6, ACTS Manual, will wear the Marine Gunner insignia.

2.  The Marine Gunner dress shoulder insignia is a gold-colored replica of a bursting bomb.  The overall height of the bomb is about 1-1/4 inches.

3.  Dress insignia will be worn on both shoulder straps of the dress coat/jacket.  The burst of the bomb faces inboard, parallel to the  sides of the shoulder strap with the center bottom of the sphere 3/4 inch from the inboard edge of the grade insignia.

4.  The Marine Gunner service insignia is black, of the same design as the dress insignia.  The large insignia is the same size as the dress insignia.  The miniature device has an overall height of about 3/4 inch.

5.  The large service insignia will be worn on both shoulder straps of the service coat, AWC, field coat, tanker jacket, and blue dress sweater.  The burst of the bomb faces inboard, worn in the same manner as the dress insignia.

>CH6  6.  The miniature service insignia will be worn on the left collar point of khaki shirts and utility coats. The insignia will be placed on the collar in a line bisecting the angle of the point of the collar with the lower edge of the bob equally spaced ½ inch from the sides of the collar of the utility uniform and ¾ of an inch from the sides of the collar of the khaki shirt. MARADMIN 704/09

7.  On the ECWCS parka the collar grade insignia shall be worn vertically aligned with the miniature service insignia placed 1/8 inch above it.  The rank insignia and the miniature service insignia together will be centered on the zipper flap.


4007.  SERVICE/IDENTIFICATION BADGES. (See fig. 4-18.)
 

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Service/identification badges

1.   General

a.  The following badges are authorized to be worn on Marine Corps uniforms; Presidential Service Badge (PSB), Vice-Presidential Service Badge (VPSB), Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge (OSD ID Badge), and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge (JCS ID Badge).  Marines who have met established criteria for the permanent wear of these badges may wear them after detachment from qualifying duty.   

    b.  Marines assigned to joint/unified commands may be authorized to wear distinctive command identification badges, but only upon approval from the CMC (MCUB).  Requests will originate from the Marine Corps commander or the command's senior Marine Corps representative and will include a photograph, drawing, or sample of the device and local regulations regarding its wear.  Unless otherwise prescribed in the approval letter, command ID badges will be worn in the same general manner as prescribed for the OSD and JCS ID badges.  Approved command identification devices will be worn for the duration of assignment to that command only.

>CH 5 c.  No more than two service/identification badges will be worn on the same side of the uniform.  When two badges are worn, they will be worn vertically aligned on the upper pocket or corresponding position on uniforms that do not have pockets in this position.  On pockets with flaps, these badges will be vertically centered between the lower point of the flap and bottom of the pocket, midway between the two sides.  When both the PSB and VPSB are worn, the PSB will be uppermost.  If both OSD and JCS badges are worn, the OSD will be uppermost.  If an OSD or JCS badge is worn with a command identification device, the OSD/JCS badge will be uppermost.  On women's coats and khaki shirts, the lower badge will be placed per the regulations for a single badge with the second badge worn centered 1/8" above the first.  However, on women's uniforms, if the wear of two badges on the same side presents an unsatisfactory appearance or cannot be accommodated only the badge of the current assignment will be worn.  Command identification badges will not be worn with the utility uniforms.  MARADMIN 361/08

2.  Regulations for Wear

a.        Male Marines

>CH 5   (1) Presidential Service Badge (PSB) 

    (a) The PSB consists of a blue enameled disc, 1-15/16 inches in diameter, surrounded by 27 gold rays radiating from the center.  Superimposed on the disc is a gold-colored device taken from the seal of the President of the United States, encircled with 50 stars.

            (b) Placement of the PSB.  On the blue dress coat, service coat, and khaki long/short-sleeve shirts, the PSB is centered on the upper right pocket.  On the evening dress uniforms, the PSB will be positioned in a

location that corresponds to that of the dress coat.  On pockets that have flaps, the badge will be centered between the lower point of the flap and the bottom of the pocket and midway between the two sides.

(2) Vice-Presidential Service Badge (VPSB)

(a) The VPSB consists of a white enameled disc, 1-15/16 inches in diameter, surrounded by 27 gold rays radiating from the center.  Superimposed on the disc is a gold-colored device taken from the seal of the Vice-President of the United States.

(b) Placement of the VPSB.  Marines authorized to wear the VPSB will wear it according to the regulations for the PSB, above.

(3) Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge (OSD) 

>CH 5      (a) The OSD ID badge consists of an eagle with wings displayed horizontally, grasping three crossed gold arrows, and having on its breast, an enamel shield consisting of a blue upper portion and 13 alternating red and white stripes on the lower portion; a gold annulet passing behind the wing tips bearing 13 gold stars above the eagle and a wreath of laurel and olive in green enamel below the eagle; all superimposed on a silver sunburst of 33 rays, 2 inches in diameter.

(b) Only personnel assigned to duty in the OSD and who received a certificate of eligibility may wear the badge.

(c) Placement of the OSD ID Badge.   On the blue dress coat, service coat, and khaki long/short-sleeve shirts, the OSD ID Badge is centered on the upper left pocket.  On the evening dress uniform, the badge will be positioned in a location that corresponds to that of the dress coat.  On pockets with flaps, the badge will be centered between the lower point of the flap and the bottom of the pocket and midway between the two sides.

(d) The miniature OSD ID badge is a smaller version of the standard 2-inch diameter badge which has been reduced in size to 1-1/2 inches in diameter.  Only the miniature badge may be worn on the evening dress, blue dress "C"/"D," and service "B"/"C" uniforms.  Placement will be as follows:

1 On the male officers' evening dress jacket, the badge will be placed on the left front panel with the top of the badge centered 1 inch below the bottom edge of the miniature medals.

2 On the male SNCOs evening dress jacket, the badge will be placed on the left-front panel on an extension of an imaginary line formed by the three front buttons of the left panel. The badge will be placed midway between the top button and the point where the imaginary line meets the lapel.

3 On the male khaki shirts, the badge will be worn centered on the left pocket.

(4) Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge (JCS ID Badge)
 
          (a) The standard size JCS ID badge consists of the United States shield (upper portion in blue, and 13 stripes of alternating red and white enamel) superimposed on four gold metal unsheathed swords (two placed vertically and two diagonally), pointing to the top, with points and pommels resting on the wreath, blades and grips entwined with a gold metal continuous scroll surrounding the shield with the word "JOINT" at the top and the words "CHIEFS OF STAFF" at bottom, in blue enamel letters; all within an oval silver metal wreath of laurel 2-1/4 inches high by 2 inches wide.

            (b) The badge may be permanently awarded to any Marine assigned to the organization of the JCS who serves at least 365 consecutive days after 14 January 1961 and who receives a certificate of eligibility.  The JCS, the operations deputies, and the deputy operations deputies are eligible to wear the badge immediately upon assumption of tenure.  All other assigned personnel may wear the badge on a temporary basis, for identification purposes, for the first 365 days of their tours.

            (c) Placement of the JCS ID Badge.  The standard JCS ID badge will be worn in the same manner as the OSD ID badge.

            (d) The miniature JCS ID badge is reduced in size by one third, with nine stripes on the shield, but otherwise is identical to the standard badge.  The miniature badge will be worn in the same manner as the miniature OSD ID badge.

b.  Female Marines.  The guidance and badge description provided in subparagraph 4007.2a is germane, only the actual placement of the badges on the female uniforms differs.

        (1) Placement of badges on female uniforms

(a) On women's service and dress coats, badges will be placed on the left front jacket panel, on a horizontal line midway between the second and third buttons with a tolerance of 1-1/2 inches.  On evening dress jackets, badges will be centered on the left-front jacket panel so that the bottom of the badge is slightly higher than the highest button.  The placement of the badge may be adjusted slightly to ensure the proper flat appearance.  On women's khaki shirts, badges will be centered on the right side, on a horizontal line even with or up to 2 inches above the first visible button from the top.

(b) Placement of the OSD ID Badge.  On women's coats the badge will be worn on the left in the manner described in subparagraph 4007.2b(1)(a), above; however while on duty with OSD, it will be worn according to OSD instructions.

(c) The miniature OSD Id badge is a smaller version of the standard 2-inch diameter badge, which has been reduced in size to 1-1/2 inches in diameter.  Only the miniature badge may be worn on the evening dress, blue dress "C"/"D," and service "B"/"C" uniforms.  Placement will be as follows:

1 On officers' and SNCOs evening dress jacket, the badge will be placed centered on the left-front panel with the bottom of badge about 2 inches higher than the top button. The placement of the badge may be adjusted slightly to ensure the proper flat appearance.

               2 On khaki shirts, the badge will be worn on the right side, centered on a horizontal line even with or 2 inches above the first visible button from the top.

>CH 3 & 6      3 Placement of the PSB/VPSB.  On women’s coats, the PSB/VPSB will be worn on the right in the manner described in subparagraph 4007.2.b.1(a).

4008.  SERVICE STRIPES. (See figs. 4-5, 4-6, and 4-7.)

1.  All enlisted personnel will wear one service stripe for any four-year period of honorable service, creditable for retirement (under 10 U.S.C. 1332), in any, or a combination of the following services:

a.  U.S. Marine Corps

b.  U.S. Navy

c.  U.S. Army

d.  U.S. Air Force

e.  U.S. Coast Guard

f.  Any Reserve component of the Armed Forces or the National Guard (other than on the retired list).

g.  Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service or Coast and Geodetic Survey (only under certain circumstances).

2.  Entitlement to service stripes starts with the Armed Forces Active Duty Base Date and is computed by adding all periods of qualifying service, continuous or otherwise.  Qualifying service for reservists are earned only for full years - 1 year of creditable service for each one-year period when a minimum of 50 retirement points are accumulated.

3.  Regulations for Wear

a.  Service stripes will be worn on the outer half of each sleeve of dress/service coats; gold on scarlet on the blue dress coat and green on scarlet on the green coat.  Service stripes finished with either a merrowed (whip-stitched) edge or a cut edge may be worn.

b.  Service stripes will be placed at a 30 degree angle to the bottom of the sleeve.  The first stripe will be placed as follows:

(1) On the blue dress coat, lower scarlet point of the stripe will meet the point of the piping of the cuff.

(2) On the green service coat,; lower scarlet edge of the stripe centered 1/2 inch above the point of the cuff.

(3) Succeeding stripes will be 1/8 inch above and parallel to the next lower stripe.

c.  Service stripes will be sewn on with thread that matches the background material of the stripe using a straight machine stitch.  Cross-stitches, whip-stitches or other nonstandard stitching will not be used.

d.  Service stripes will not be worn on the AWC, tanker jacket or on the SNCO evening dress uniforms.

4009.  SLACKS/TROUSER STRIPES (OFFICER/NCO)

 

1.  Male officers will wear a stripe of ornamented gold lace down the outer seam of each leg of the evening dress trousers.

2.  General officers will wear a 2-inch-wide scarlet stripe down the outer seam of each leg of blue dress trousers/slacks.

3.  Field and company grade officers will wear a 1-1/2-inch-wide scarlet stripe down the outer seam of each leg of blue dress trousers/slacks.

4.  SNCOs and NCOs will wear a 1-1/8-inch-wide scarlet stripe down the outer seam of each leg of blue dress trousers/slacks.

5.  Stripes will be sewn onto trousers as directed in the Uniform Fitting and
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 Alterations Manual (TM-10120-15/1), which requires that the stripe finish at or in the waist seam.  However, stripes that were previously sewn so that the top of the stripe was finished over the top of the waistband are authorized for wear until such time as the trousers/stripes require replacement.  Blue dress stripes will be made of Marine Corps standard scarlet cloth and will be sewn with red silk thread.

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