U.S. ARMY HATBAND BRAID FOR ENLISTED SERVICE CAP

The hatband found on the Army service cap varies in design based upon the rank of the wearer. Although all hatbands are the same width (1 ¾ inch), their coloration and borders vary depending upon rank. For the service caps worn by enlisted personnel (corporals and above), the hatband is manufactured in the shade of the cap (our serve caps are made in Army Shade 450), and is bordered on the top by a half-inch gold braid.

This contrasts with the hatbands found on the hats of Warrant Officers and Field- and Company-Grade Officers, which feature the same type of gold braid on both the top and bottom of a hatband that’s manufactured in the first-named color of the branch in which the wearer serves. (Secondary branch colors are used as interior piping.). The hatbands on the service caps of General Officers is unique in that they have arcs of oak leaves similar to the ones found on the visors of both General and Field-Grade Officers’ hats.

The braid used for the enlisted version of the Army service cap is also unique in that it is used nowhere else on the enlisted ASU, while the braid used on the hatband for officers below 0-7 is used on the sleeve of their ASUs.
 
The newest edition (May 2017) of the Department of the Army’s Guide to the Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia repeatedly states that the service cap is an optional item. But a FAQ on the U.S. Army’s Web site devoted to the Army Service Uniform (ASU) and related items is unequivocal regarding possession of the service cap, noting that while the beret is the primary headgear worn with the ASU, “officers and enlisted Soldiers will be required to have both the service cap/hat and the beret” and that “Commanders have the discretion to determine if corporals and above wear either the service hat/cap or the beret.”
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