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4101 - Officer Rank Insignia
4102 - Sleeve Designs for Line and Staff Corps
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4104 - Collar Grade Insignia
4311 - Headgear Insignia
4321 - CPO Headgear
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Part 1: CPO Rate Insignia
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Part 3: Service Stripes
Chapter 5
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Part 1: CPO Rate Insignia 

 

CHAPTER FOUR

RANK/RATE INSIGNIA

SECTION 2:  ENLISTED RATE/RATING INSIGNIA

PART 1:

CPO RATE INSIGNIA

 

 

 

Article

1.

CPO RATING BADGES

4211

2.

CPO COLLAR INSIGNIA

4212

3.

METAL RANK INSIGNIA ON OUTERGARMENTS

4213

4.

SOFT SHOULDER BOARDS

4214


 

4211.  CPO RATING BADGES

 

1.  Description

 

    a.  Rating badges consist of a perched eagle with expanded wings pointing upward and the eagle's head to its right.  Chevrons, rocker, and stars, as authorized, indicates the wearer's rate, and a specialty mark to indicate rating are included as part of the rating badge.  All are embroidered on a pentagonal shaped background.  The chevrons on rating badges measure 3-1/4 inches wide for male CPO's and rating badges measure 2-1/2 inches wide for female CPO's.  Rating insignia, chevrons and rockers for women are 3/4 the size of the men's rating badges.

 

 

 

MASTER CHIEF  PETTY OFFICER

SENIOR CHIEF
PETTY OFFICER

CHIEF         

PETTY OFFICER

b.  Background material for rating badges and service stripes match the color of the uniform coat or jacket.  Colors of the eagles, specialty mark, stars, chevrons and service stripes for prescribed uniforms are as indicated below:   

 

 

UNIFORM

 

RATING BADGE BACKGROUND

 

EAGLE
SPECIALTY
MARK, STAR(S)

CHEVRONS
SERVICE
STRIPES

Service Dress Blue

Navy Blue

   Silver

  Gold/Scarlet

 

Dinner Dress Blue Jacket

Navy Blue

   Silver

  Gold/Scarlet

 

Dinner Dress White Jacket

 

White

 

   Silver

 

  Gold/Blue

 

2.  Special Rating Badges.  Personnel assigned as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Fleet/Force Master Chief Petty Officers and Command Master Chief Petty Officers wear special rating badges which meet the following criteria:

 

               a.  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.  Wear three gold stars above the eagle and one gold star in place of the specialty mark.

 

               b.  Post Tour MCPON.  Continue wearing three gold stars above the eagle.  A gold specialty mark in lieu of the gold star in center of rating badge unless assigned to a Command Master Chief billet following <OPNAVINST 1306.2 (series)>, then a silver star replaces the specialty mark.

 

               c.  Fleet/Force Master Chief Petty Officers.  Wear two gold stars above the eagle and one gold star in place of the specialty mark.

 

               d.  Post Tour FM/C's.  Continue wearing two gold stars above the eagle.  A gold specialty mark replaces the gold star centered on the rating badge unless assigned to a Command Master Chief billet following <OPNAVINST 1306.2 (series)>, then a silver star replaces the specialty mark.

 

               e.  Command Master Chief Petty Officer.  MCPO's assigned to a full time CM/C billet (NEC 9579/9580) following <OPNAVINST 1306.2 (series)> wear silver stars above the eagle and a silver star in place of the specialty mark. Senior Chief Petty Officers and Chief Petty Officers filling CM/C billets do not replace the specialty mark with a star.

 

                f.  Post Tour CM/C's.  Wear two silver stars above the eagle and a silver specialty mark in the center of the rating badge (excluding past MCPON's and FM/C's).

 

 

 

 

Master Chief Petty Officer Special Rating Badge MCPON)

Fleet/Forces Master Chief Petty Officer Special Rating Badge(C/MC) (Gold Stars)

Command Master Chief Petty Officer Special Rating Badge(F/MC) (Silver Stars)

 

3.  Position.  Rating badges are sewn on the left sleeve of Service Dress Blue Jacket, Dinner Dress Blue Jacket, and Dinner Dress White Jacket centered on the sleeve midway between the shoulder seam and the elbow.

 

4212.  CPO COLLAR INSIGNIA

 

1.  General.  Wear metal collar devices (approximately 1 inch) on the collar points of khaki shirts.  Wear miniature sized (approximately 1-1/4 inch) embroidered grade insignia tapes on Navy coveralls.  (Note:  Embroidered collar devices may be slightly larger than metal collar devices.)

 

2.  Description.  Collar grade insignia consists of a gold fouled anchor with silver block letters "USN" superimposed on the shank of the anchor.  One, two, or three silver stars are attached above the anchor stock to designate Senior, Master, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy as shown below:

 

 

 

3.  Manner of Wearing.  Collar grade insignia are worn on both collar points.

 

         

     a.  Open Collar Short Sleeve Shirt and Navy Coveralls.  Center the insignia at a point 1 inch from the front and lower edges of the collar and position the vertical axis of the insignia along an imaginary line (A) bisecting the angle of the collar point.

 

 

               b.  Service Dress White

                  

                  (1) Men wear collar insignia on the standing collar of the Service Dress White coat.  The anchor shank will be parallel to the vertical edge of the collar, with the center of the insignia on the midline of the standing collar, 1 inch from the vertical edge of the collar.

 

 

(2) Women wear collar insignia on the ends of the collar of the Service Dress White coat.  The anchor shank will be in the vertical (upright) position, with the center of the insignia approximately 1 inch from the bottom edge of the collar and midway between the edges (seam and outer edge) of the collar.

 

4213.  METAL RANK INSIGNIA ON OUTERGARMENTS

 

      1.  General.  CPOs wear metal devices on khaki windbreakers, black jackets (relaxed fit with knit collar), and all-weather coats.  (CPOs wear no insignia on reefers and overcoats.)

2.  Description.  Same device as worn on garrison cap (approximate size: 1-1/4 inch).  Refer to <article 4321>.

3.  Manner of Wearing.  Wear metal rank insignia on each epaulet centered from side to side with the bottom edge of the device approximately 3/4 inch from the squared end of the epaulet.

 

 

4214.  SOFT SHOULDER BOARDS

 

1.  General.  CPOs wear soft shoulder boards on the Service Dress Blue white shirt and black V-neck sweater.

 

2.  Description. The soft shoulder board is black cloth with anchor, and stars as appropriate, indicating rank.  The bottom of the anchor is approximately 3/4 inch from the end of the board.  Same size soft shoulder boards are worn by men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Manner of Wearing.  Place soft shoulder board on each epaulet with insignia resting on the squared end of the epaulet.

 

 

 

 

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