A single silver oak leaf serves as the rank insignia for United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Most commonly associated with male and female Service Uniforms, the insignia is worn on 5/8 from the end of each epaulet with the stem pointing away from the collar.

In addition to the full-size USAF Lieutenant Colonel rank insignia, we also off a miniature (3/4”) insignia for our Veteran customers who are seeking to uniform components that adhere to the regulations that were in effect during their time in service. Numerous sources indicate that the miniature version was worn with the “1505” khaki shirts, as well as with a light-blue, short-sleeved shirt paired with black trousers in the 1970s.

 A description of the miniature-sized grade insignia is found in the 1951 Air Force Officer’s Guide: “An officer’s insignia of grade will be silver- or gold-colored metal or silver- or gold-colored wired embroidery. Regular-size insignia will be worn on shoulder loops with miniature-sized optional for ear on shirt collar when shirts are worn as outer garments.” (Hat tip to U.S. Militaria Forum for tracking down the regulation.)

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As a certified manufacturer of uniforms and insignia, The Salute Uniforms considers it a privilege to provide the members of our nation’s military services with superior-quality apparel and accoutrements. We guarantee that every product we offer is made in the USA and meets or surpasses Mil-Spec standards. Browse our online catalog and discover how our tradition of excellence and commitment to innovation makes us your best source for military uniforms, insignias, medals, and accessories.


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