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Part 3: Service Stripes

 

RANK/RATE INSIGNIA

SECTION 2:

ENLISTED RATE/RATING INSIGNIA

PART 3:

SERVICE STRIPES

 

 

Article

1.

SERVICE STRIPES

4231

2.

GOLD RATING BADGE AND SERVICE STRIPES

4232

3.

CONTINUED WEARING OF GOLD

4233

4.

FLEET RESERVE PERSONNEL

4234

5.

RATING MERGERS

4235


4231.  SERVICE STRIPES

     1.  Description.  Consist of embroidered diagonal stripes, 7 inches long and 3/8 inch wide for male CPO's.  Male El-E6 personnel wear service stripes 5-1/4 inches long and 3/8 inch wide.  Navy women wear service stripes 5-1/4 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.

     2.  Position.  Sew on the left sleeve of Dress Blue, Dress White, Dinner Dress Blue Jacket, and the Dinner Dress White Jacket with the lower ends to the front.  The lower end of the first stripe is 2 inches from the end of the sleeve.  On jumpers having a buttoned cuff the lower end of the first stripe is 1-1/2 inches above the upper edge of the cuff.  The trailing edge of the stripe is in line with the trailing edge of the rating badge.  The stripes are at a 45 degree angle.  When more than one stripe is authorized they are placed 1/4 inch apart. 

     3.  Color.  Stripes are either cardinal, gold or blue as specified.

     4.  Entitlements.  All personnel wear one stripe for each four years of active duty service or reserve service in an active status in any of the armed services.

4232.  GOLD RATING BADGE AND SERVICE STRIPES.  Personnel whose most recent 12 cumulative years of Naval active or active reserve service meets requirements for Good Conduct Service (that which meets minimum requirements for performance, conduct and evaluations marks for the Good Conduct Award) shall wear gold rating badges and gold service stripes on Dress Blue uniforms, Dinner Dress Blue uniforms and Dinner Dress Blue/White Jacket uniforms.  The 12 years may be active or drilling reserve time in the Navy, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Reserve.  Times excluded are: delayed entry programs, inactive reserves and broken service.  Under broken service conditions - resume the cumulative time count upon active duty reenlistment or upon enlisting in the drilling reserves.

4233.  CONTINUED WEARING OF GOLD.  Once qualified to wear the gold rating badge and gold service stripes, the qualification continues through the duration of an enlisted person's service, providing they continue to meet minimum conduct, performance, and evaluation mark requirements for a Good Conduct Medal or Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Award.  On the date the individual fails to meet the minimum standards, the gold rating badge and gold service stripes must be removed from the uniform.  Additionally, if an individual is convicted by court-martial or Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP), the gold badge and gold service stripes must be removed from the uniform on the date the conviction becomes final within the meaning of Article 76, Uniform Code of Military Justice.  The privilege to again wear the gold service stripes/rating badge may only be earned by fulfilling the requirements listed in <4232>.

4234.  FLEET RESERVE PERSONNEL.  Fleet reserve personnel may wear the gold rating badges and service stripes authorized at the time of their transfer to the fleet reserve.  For fleet reserve personnel returning to active duty, fleet reserve time is considered broken time for the purpose of determining authorized additional service stripes, and qualifying to wear gold sleeve insignia.

4235.  RATING MERGERS.  Personnel serving in ratings which have been merged with another rating may continue wearing the old rating badge until their next advancement or until 24 months after the effective completion date of the merger, whichever comes first.