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5201 - Breast Insignia 

 

IDENTIFICATION BADGES/AWARDS/INSIGNIA

SECTION 2:

BREAST INSIGNIA

 

 

 

Article

1.

COMMAND INSIGNIA

5201.1

2.

WARFARE AND OTHER QUALIFICATION INSIGNIA

5201.2

3.

DESCRIPTION OF BREAST INSIGNIA

5201.3

4.

NAMETAGS

5201.4


 

5201.  BREAST INSIGNIA

     1.  Command Insignia

          a.  Authorized Insignia

               Command at Sea
              
Command Ashore/Project Manager

          b.  Provisions for Wear.  Eligible officers in the grade of captain and junior wear the Command-at-Sea and Command Ashore/Project Manager insignia.  The miniature Command insignia is worn with all uniforms except Full Dress uniforms.

          c.  Manner of Wearing Command Insignia

               (1) Incumbent

                    (a) Wear Command Insignia on the right breast, centered 1/4 inch above the pocket.  On uniforms without a right breast pocket, place it in the same rela­tive position as the ribbons/medals.  When wearing a name­tag, center the device 1/4 inch above the nametag.  On Dinner Dress and Formal uniforms, men wear it on the right lapel, 3 inches below the notch and women wear it on the right lapel, down one-third the distance between the shoulder seam and coat hem. 

                    (b) When wearing Full Dress uniforms, center Command Insignia 1/4 inch above the ribbons.

                    (c) May be worn with the other post-tour Command Insignia, i.e. incumbent Command Ashore with post-tour Command-at-Sea and vice versa.

               (2) Post Tour

                    (a) Only one post‑tour Command Insignia may be worn.  The choice of insignia is up to the individual/member.  If you are also an incumbent, the post-tour Command Insignia of the same command category will not be worn. 

                    (b) Center the insignia on the left breast, 1/4 inch below the top of the pocket/flap.  When wearing two qualification breast insignia, center the Command Insignia 1/4 inch below the secondary insignia, or on uniforms with pocket flaps, 1/4 inch below the flap.  When wearing Command Insignia and an identification badge, men center the badge 1/4 inch below the command Insignia, and women center the badge 1/4 inch above the left pocket, ribbons or primary insignia.                   

                    (c) With miniature medals, center Command Insignia 1/4 inch below the miniature medals or secondary breast insignia.

                    (d) When wearing Full Dress uniforms, men center Command Insignia 1/4 inch below the lower of either the medals or a second insignia; women center the insignia 1/4 inch above the left pocket, medals or primary breast insignia.  On Full Dress Whites, the combination of breast insignia, medals and identification badge, shall not extend below the lower seam of the pocket.

     2.  Warfare and Other Qualification Insignia

          a.  Authorized Insignia.  The listing below constitutes those breast insignia, alphabetically by category, authorized for wear on the naval uniform.  Breast or qualification insignia of other services shall not be worn.  Breast or qualification insignia of other nations shall not be worn on the naval uniforms unless specifically authorized by the Secretary of the Navy.

              (1) Aviation Warfare Insignia
                   Naval Astronaut
                   Naval Astronaut (NFO)
                   Naval Aviator (Pilot)
                   Naval Aviation Observers and Flight
                   Meteorologists
                   Naval Flight Surgeons
                   Naval Flight Nurse
                   Naval Flight Officers
                   Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer qualification
                   Aerospace Experimental Psychologist
                        and Aerospace Physiologists
                   Aviation Warfare Specialists
                   Naval Aviation Supply Corps
                   Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist
 

              (2) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Insignia
                   Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal
                   Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal
                   Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal 

              (3) Fleet Marine Force(FMF)Insignia
                   Fleet Marine Force Officer
                   Fleet Marine Force Enlisted 
                   Warfare Specialist

              (4) Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist Insignia

              (5) Special Operations Warfare Insignia

              (6) Special Warfare Insignia
                   Special Warfare Insignia (SEAL)
                   Special Warfare Combatant-Craft
 
   
               Crewman                                                                             

              (7) Submarine Warfare Insignia
                   Submarine (Dolphins)
                   Submarine Medical
                   Submarine Engineer Duty
                   Submarine Supply

              (8) Surface Warfare Insignia
                   Surface Warfare
                   Surface Warfare Dental Corps
                   Surface Warfare Medical Corps
                   Surface Warfare Medical Service Corps
                   Surface Warfare Nurse Corps
                   Surface Warfare Supply Corps

              (9) Aircrew Insignia
                   Marine Corps Combat Aircrew

             (10) Integrated Undersea Surveillance System Insignia 

             (11) Officer In Charge/Petty Officer in Charge
                    Small Craft
                    Craftmaster

             (12) Parachutists Insignia
                    Naval Parachutist
                    Basic Parachutist

             (13) Submarine Patrol Insignia
                    Submarine Combat Patrol
                    SSBN Deterrent Patrol

             (14) Underwater Insignia
                    Diving Officer
                    Diving (Medical)
                    Master Diver
                    Diving (Medical Technician)
                    Diving, First Class
                    Diver, Second Class
                    Diver, Scuba
                    Deep Submergence

             (15) Naval Reserve Merchant Marine

                (16)  Information Dominance Warfare
                         Information Dominance Warfare Officer
                         Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist

                (17)  Nuclear Weapons Security Insignia

                (18)  Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer Insignia

                (19)  Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare (EXW) Specialist

                (20)  Strategic Sealift Officer Warfare (SSOW) Insignia

                (21)  Marine Corps Combatant Diver (MCD) Insignia

         b.  Provisions for Wear

             (1) Wear metal pin-on breast insignia on the following uniforms.  When two sizes of insignia exist, the miniature size insignia is normally worn on uniforms requiring miniature medals.  Exception:  Miniature Small Craft insignia is worn on all uniforms except full dress uniforms.

LARGE INSIGNIA

MINIATURE INSIGNIA

SERVICE DRESS BLUE

FORMAL DRESS

FULL DRESS BLUE

DINNER DRESS BLUE JACKET

SERVICE DRESS WHITE

DINNER DRESS WHITE JACKET

FULL DRESS WHITE

DINNER DRESS BLUE

SERVICE DRESS BLUE

DINNER DRESS WHITE

SUMMER WHITE

 

SERVICE KHAKI

 

              (2) One or two earned warfare devices or breast insignia may be worn on the following working uni­forms in the same relative positions as described below.  Insignia may be pin-on or embroidered.  The background material for embroidered devices shall match the uniform on which it is worn.

             (3) One or two earned warfare devices or breast insignia embroidered on tape strips may be worn on the following working uniforms as described below and IAW <article 5201.2c(1)(b) and (d)>.  Tape strips fabric, color and length shall be IAW <article 3101.5b)>.

          NAVY COVERALLS          

             (4) Pin-on devices shall not be worn on working uniforms when metal devices might present a FOD or safety hazard.

             (5) Breast insignia.  Pin on anodized (shiny) or oxidized (pewter in appearance) silver breast insignia may be worn in the manner prescribed below:

                    (a) Silver breast insignias will have either an anodized or oxidized finish.  Personnel qualified to wear multiple breast insignias are authorized to wear devices of the same finish (anodized or oxidize).  Wearing breast insignias of different finishes (i.e., anodized and oxidized) is prohibited.

                    (b) Hand polishing of breast insignias is authorized but not to the degree of altering the general appearance, finish or detail of the device.  

     c.  Manner of Wearing Warfare and Other Qualification Insignia

          (1) Breast insignia are worn on the left side of the uniform in a primary position, or a primary and secondary position.  <Figure 5-2-1>. 

               (a) Primary position with ribbons or medals.  The insignia is centered above ribbons or medals with the lower edge of the device 1/4 inch above the top row of ribbons or medals.

               (b) Primary position without ribbons or medals.  The insignia is centered above the left pocket with the lower edge of the device 1/4 inch above the top of the pocket.  For Navy Coveralls the insignia is centered above the left pocket with the lower edge of the fabric strip approximately 1/4 inch above the “U.S. NAVY” tape strip <article 3101.6>.  For Dinner Dress Jackets, men center the insignia on the left lapel, 3 inches below the notch; women center the insignia on the left lapel down one-third the distance between the shoulder seam and coat hem.

               (c) Secondary position with ribbons or medals.  The insignia is centered below ribbons with the top of the device 1/4 inch below the top of the pocket or pocket flap, or centered below medals with the top of the device 1/4 inch below the lowest row of medals.

               (d) Secondary position without ribbons or medals.  The insignia is centered 1/4 inch below the top of the pocket or pocket flap.  For Dinner Dress Jackets, center the insignia on the left lapel, 1/4 inch below medals with the primary insignia.

          (2) If wearing only one device, place it in the primary position.

          (3) Personnel with multiple qualifications may wear two insignia, placing one in the primary position and the second in the secondary position, within the following guideline:

               (a) Warfare qualification insignia take precedence over other qualification insignia and are placed in the primary position. 

               (b) Two warfare insignia are authorized following these rules:

                     1  The warfare insignia of the specialty in which currently serving will be worn in the primary position. 

                     2  If not currently serving in a warfare specialty, or have not earned the warfare insignia of the specialty in which currently serving:  officers will wear the insignia corresponding to their designator, otherwise the warfare insignia earned first in the primary position; all other personnel will wear the warfare insignia earned first in the primary position.

          (4) If no longer designated as a warfare specialist, continue wearing the earned warfare insignia, following the guidelines of this chapter, unless prohibited from doing so by administrative action.

          (5) When insignia has both gold and silver versions, enlisted personnel wear silver, officers wear gold, within the following rules:

               (a) Enlisted personnel who qualify for insignia, and are subsequently advanced to officer status continue wearing the enlisted insignia until qualified for a corresponding officer insignia; then replace the enlisted insignia with the officer insignia.

               (b) Enlisted personnel who have been awarded the Small Craft insignia and are subsequently advanced to officer status wear the gold Small Craft Insignia.

               (c) Enlisted personnel, who qualified in a warfare specialty as officers and were subsequently reverted to enlisted status, may continue to wear the officer insignia.

         (6) Enlisted personnel awarded the Craftmaster insignia and subsequently advanced to officer status may continue to wear the Craftmaster Insignia.

     3.  Description of Breast Insignia

 

 

 

a.  Astronaut Insignia.  A gold pin with a star shoot­ing diagonally from the bottom right to the top left, through an elliptical ring, on the shield of tra­ditional Naval Aviator's wings.

 

 

 

b.  Naval Astronaut (NFO) Insignia.  A gold embroidered metal pin with a star shooting diagonally from bottom right to top left through an elliptical ring, on the shield of the traditional Naval Flight Officer's wings.

 

 

 

c.  Naval Aviator Insignia.  A gold embroidered or gold metal winged pin with a fouled anchor behind a shield in the center.

 

 

 

d.  Naval Aviation Observer and Flight Meteorologist Insignia.  A gold embroi­dered or gold metal winged pin with a silver 0 circum­scribing a plain silver anchor on a gold back­ground.

 

 

 

e.  Naval Aviation Supply Corps.  A gold embroi­dered or gold metal winged pin with a supply corps oak leaf in the center

 

 

 

 

f.  Flight Surgeon Insig­nia.  A winged, gold em­broidered or gold metal pin with a Medical Corps device in the center in­scribed in an oval.

 

 

 

 

g.  Flight Nurse Insignia.  A gold metal pin designed like the flight surgeons' without the acorn.

 

 

 

h.  Naval Flight Officer Insignia (NFO) .  A gold em­broidered or gold metal winged pin with a shield with a set of small, crossed, fouled anchors in the center.

 

 

 

i.  Aviation Experimental Psychologist and Aviation Physiologist Insignia.  A gold em­broidered or gold metal winged pin with a Medical Service Corps device in the center inscribed in an oval.

 

 

 

 

j.  Aircrew Insignia (AC).  A gold metal winged pin with an anchor inscribed in a circle in the center.  The letters "AC" straddle the shank of the anchor.

 

 

 

k.  Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia (EAWS).  A silver metal winged pin with an an­chor on a shield in the center and a scroll at the bottom of the shield.

 

 

 

1.  Submarine Insignia (SS).  A gold or silver embroidered or metal pin showing bow view of a submarine proceeding on the surface with bow planes rigged for diving; flanked by dolphins in horizontal position, their heads resting on upper edge of bow planes.

 

 

 

m.  Submarine Medical Insignia.  A gold color metal pin with two dolphins facing an oval in the center in­scribed with the Medical Corps device.  The acorn in center is silver.

 

 

 

n.  Submarine Engineering Duty Insignia.  A gold metal pin with two dolphins facing a silver circle center inscribed with a silver, three bladed, propeller on a gold background.  The tips of propeller blades trisect the circle and one blade is vertical.

 

 

 

o.  Submarine Supply Corps.  A gold metal pin with two dolphins facing a Supply Corps oak leaf in the center.

 

 

 

p.  Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia.  A silver metal pin showing the broadside view of a "Flying Fish" class submarine proceeding on the surface, with a scroll at the bottom of the wave.  Gold stars are mounted on the scroll to indicate each successful patrol subsequent to that for which the original insignia was awarded.  Stars may also be placed on the wave area of the insignia.  Holes are bored for that purpose.  A silver star indicates five successful patrols.

 

 

 

q.  SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia.  A silver or gold metal pin showing the broad­side view of a "LAFAYETTE" class SSBN proceeding sub­merged, with a POLARIS missile circled by three electron paths, centered in the foreground, and a scroff across the bottom of missile and submarine.  Gold or silver stars, with silver given priority, are mounted on the scroll in the order shown on diagram at left to indicate each additional patrol, as follows

 

 

 

(1) Silver pin alone, without stars, one patrol.

 

 

 

(2) Add a gold star for each additional patrol (maximum four gold stars).

 

 

 

(3) Patrol pin with silver star, six patrols.

 

 

 

(4) Add a gold star for each additional patrol (maximum four stars).

 

 

 

(5) in with two silver stars, eleven patrols.

 

 

 

(6) Add a gold star for each additional patrol (maximum four gold stars.

 

 

 

(7) Pin with three silver stars, sixteen patrols.

 

 

 

(8) Add a gold star for each additional patrol (maximum three gold stars).

 

 

 

(9) Gold patrol pin, 20 pa­trols.

 

 

 

(10) Repeat sequence adding gold stars for each additional patrol (maximum four gold stars) and a silver star for each additional five patrols.

 

 

 

r.  Surface Warfare Insignia (SWO).  A gold metal pin, with the bow and superstructure of a modern naval warship on two crossed swords, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

s.  Surface Warfare Dental Corps Insignia.  A gold metal pin, with a spread oak leaf, a silver acorn on each side of the stem on two crossed swords, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

t.  Surface Warfare Medical Corps Insignia.  A gold metal pin, with a spread oak leaf surcharged with a silver acorn on two crossed swords, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

u.  Surface Warfare Medical Service Corps Insignia.  A gold metal pin, with a spread oak leaf, attached to a slanting twig on two crossed swords, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

v.  Surface Warfare Nurse Corps Insignia.  A gold metal pin, with a spread oak leaf on two crossed swords, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

w.  Surface Supply Corps Insignia.  A gold metal pin with a supply corps oak leaf centered on the bow and superstructure of a modern naval warship superimposed on two crossed naval swords, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

x.  Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia (ESWS).  A silver metal pin showing the bow and super­structure of a modern naval warship on two crossed cutlasses, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

y.  Command‑at‑Sea Insignia.  A gold metal pin consisting of a five-pointed pyramidal star on anchor flukes and a partially unfurled commission pennant showing six stars.

 

 

 

z.  Command Ashore/Project Manager Insignia.  A gold metal, three pronged trident centered on an elliptically shaped laurel wreath.

 

 

 

aa.  Small Craft Insignia.  A gold or silver metal pin with a small craft circumscribed by an anchor flukes on the sides and bottom and a three star pen­nant on top.

 

 

 

bb.  Craftmaster Insignia.  A ship's helm with two crossed fouled anchors in the center.

 

 

 

cc.  Special Operations Insignia.  Same ship and bow wave as Surface Warfare Insignia.  In lieu of crossed swords, there is an ordnance disposal bomb over crossed lightning rays on one side, and a diving helmet over two tridents on the other.

 

 

 

dd.  Special Warfare Insignia (SEAL). A gold metal pin with a trident on an anchor and a small naval arm superimposed upon an eagle.

 

 

 

ee.  Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC).  A silver metal pin showing the bow and superstructure of a Mark V Special Operations Craft on a crossed flint-lock pistol and enlisted cutlass, on a background of ocean swells.

 

 

 

ff.  Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist Insignia (SCWS).  A gold or silver metal pin with a bee on crossed sword and gun superimposed on an anchor on a background of leaves.

 

 

 

gg.  Basic Parachutist Insignia (PJ).  A silver metal pin with an open parachute flanked on either side by wings that curve upward.

 

 

 

hh.  Naval Parachutist Insignia (PJ).  A gold embroidered or gold metal winged pin with a gold open parachute in the center.

 

 

 

ii.  Diving Officer Insignia (DV). A gold metal pin with two upright seahorses facing a diving helmet, and two tridents projecting upward and canted outward form the diving helmets cover.  A double carrick bend superimposed on the breast plate.

 

 

 

jj.  Diving (Medical) Insig­nia (DV).  Same as the Diving Officer Insignia with a caduceus on the breast plate.

 

 

 

kk. Master Diver Insignia (MDV).  Same as Diving Officer Insignia, but silver.

 

 

 

ll.  Diving Medical Technician Insignia (DV).  Same as Diving (medical) Insignia, but silver in color.

 

 

 

mm.  First Class Diver Insignia (DV).  A silver metal diving helmet surrounded by sea serpents.

 

 

 

nn.  Second Class Diver Insignia (DV).  A silver metal diving helmet and breastplate.

 

 

 

oo.  Scuba Diver Insignia.  A silver metal pin wet suit hood         and face mask with breathing apparatus.

 

 

 

pp.  Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Insignia (EOD).  A silver metal pin with a conventional drop bomb, point down on a shield, and radiant with four lightning flashes, all within a wreath of laurel leaves.

 

 

 

qq.  Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Insignia (EOD).  Same as the basic EOD Insignia, but with a star center on the bomb.

 

 

 

rr.  Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Insignia (EOD).  Same as the Senior EOD Insignia, but with star in a laurel wreath affixed to the top of the shield.

 

 

 

ss.  Deep Submergence.  A gold or silver metal trieste, on a trident, surrounded by

dolphins.

 

 

 

tt.  Integrated Undersea 

Surveillance System.  A gold or silver metal pin with a trident and seahorse twined on a globe superimposed on a breaking wave.

 

 

 

 

uu.  Fleet Marine Force Officer Insignia.  A gold, highly polished, metal device depicting the eagle, globe and anchor atop two crossed rifles on a background of ocean swells breaking on a sandy beach.  The eagle continents and Rifles shall be highlighted with a highly polished silver finish.

 

 

 

vv. Fleet Marine Force Officer Insignia (Chaplain).  A gold, highly polished, metal device depicting the eagle, globe and anchor on a back ground of ocean swells breaking on a sandy beach.  The eagle shall be highlighted with a highly polished silver finish.

 

 

 

 

 

ww.  Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Enlisted Warfare Specialist Insignia.  A silver metal device depicting the eagle, globe and anchor atop two crossed rifles on a background of ocean swells breaking on a sandy beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

xx.  Naval Reserve Merchant Marine Insignia.  Created in 1938 is based on the original eagle carved into the stern of the USS CONSTITUTION.  A gold embroidered or metal spread eagle surcharged with crossed anchors behind a shield in the center.  The letters "USNR" appear on the scroll at the bottom.

 

(1) The insignia may be worn by:

 

(a) An officer holding a valid U.S. Merchant Marine Officer License for vessels of unlimited ocean tonnage or horsepower.

 

(b) U.S. Merchant Marine officers who are also U.S. Naval Reserve officers while wearing a U.S. Merchant Marine or U.S. Maritime Service uniform.

 

(c) Merchant Marine Reserve, USNR Midshipmen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

yy.  Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer Insignia (NESCO).  A gold embroidered or metal pin with a Supply Corps oak leaf centered, superimposed on a crossed sword and M16A1 rifle, on background of ocean swells.  (The NESCO insignia will be available in June 2014). 

 

 

zz.  Information Dominance Warfare Officer Insignia.  A gold embroidered or gold metal pin showing a background of ocean waves, a crossed Naval Officer's sword and lightning bolt, a fouled anchor, and a globe.

 

aaa.  Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist Insignia.  A silver embroidered or silver metal pin showing a background of ocean waves, a crossed Naval Enlisted cutlass and lightning bolt, a fouled anchor, and a globe.

 

bbb.  Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare (EXW) Specialist Insignia.  A silver embroidered or silver metal pin showing the bow and superstructure of a patrol boat superimposed over a crossed M-16 rifle and enlisted cutlass, on a background of ocean swells.

 

ccc.  Strategic Sealift Officer Warfare (SSOW) Insignia.  A gold embroidered or gold metal pin reflecting the background of an eagle from the USS Constitution's stern, crossed Naval Officer swords and a U.S. shield with a fouled anchor from the U.S. Merchant Marine flag.

 

ddd.  Marine Corps Combatant Diver (MCD) Insignia.  A gold embroidered or gold metal pin consisting of a wet suit headgear and low profile facemask with chest mounted breathing apparatus.

 

 

 

 

eee.  Nuclear Weapons Security (NWS) Insignia.  A silver metal or embroidered shield showing a trident surrounded by an atom symbol.  At the bottom of the shield, there is a scroll with five small openings.  Gold or silver stars are mounted on the scroll of the metal version to indicate each additional year of creditable service in NWS mission.

     4.  NAMETAGS

          a.  Nametags.  Center nametags 1/4 inch above the right breast pocket.  On uniforms without a right breast pocket, place nametags on the right front in a position corresponding to ribbons on the left.  Nametags are rectangular not exceeding dimen­sions of 1 inch by 3-1/2 inches, and may be of any color and design as long as the nametag is standard throughout the command.

          b.  Velcro Backed Leather Nametag.  Nametags shall be made of plain black leather in 2"x4" dimension.  Name, rank/rate and duty status (USN) shall be embossed in gold for officers/CPOs and in silver for E6 and below with lettering in block letters, 1/4 inch high.  Only one earned breast insig­nia may be worn.  (Patrol pins not authorized).  The insig­nia (silver or gold) shall be embossed above the individual's name.

         Figure 5-2-1 

 

 

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