Badges of the United States Army


Badges of the United States Army

Badges of the United States Army are military decorations of the U.S. Army which are displayed on Army uniforms to denote a variety of qualifications and accomplishments to military service members. Most U.S. Army badges are considered "inter-service" meaning that regulations permit their display and wear on uniforms of other branches of the United States armed forces, should a service member reenlist or become an officer in a different service of the military.

AR 670-1 states that soldiers may wear only one badge each from Groups 1, 2, and 3, three from Group 4, and two from Group 5. These badges are worn in order of precedence (Group 1 the highest). Marksmanship badges are worn after any special skill badge; only a total of five badges are authorized for wear at one time. This does not include sleeve markings, shoulder tabs (cloth versions; metal versions count as Group 4 and worn only on Army Dress Blue), or identification badges.

The 21st century United States Army issues the following military badges (listed below in order of group precedence) which are worn in conjunction with badges of rank and branch insignia.

Group 1 - Infantry and other Combatant

Group 2 - Medical

Group 3 - Aviation and EOD

Group 4 - Air Operations

Group 5 - Diving and other special skills


Marksmanship Badges and Tabs

Identification Tabs

leeve Bars and Stripes

Identification Badges

ee also

* Obsolete badges of the United States military
* Uniforms of the United States Army
* Coats of arms of U.S. Infantry Regiments
* US military beret flash
* Combat Service Identification Badge
* Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (United States Army)
* Distinctive unit insignia (U.S. Army)

External links

* [http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r670_1.pdf Army Regulation 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia] (PDF file)
* [http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r600_8_22.pdf Army Regulation 600-8-22: Military Awards] (PDF file)


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