Subdued cloth rank insignia was originally introduced during the Vietnam War as a way to reduce visibility in close-quarter combat situations, but various supply and logistics issues led to subdued metal versions being far more widely used throughout that conflict.

As part of the rollout of its Army Combat Uniform in 2004, the Army decided to add a hook-and-loop fastener system to the obverse of these insignia to allow for quick removal and attachment to Combat and Utility Uniforms. Because the pattern on which the insignia was embroidered featured the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) used for the Army Combat Uniform, or ACU, these “Velcro insignia” were often referred by the shorthand term “ACU Rank.” In 2015, the Army began issuing ACUs made with a new digital camo pattern called OCP (Operational Camouflage Pattern). The two patterns are substantially different in appearance, and wearing an insignia made with a different camouflage pattern than your uniform's will make you easier, not harder, to see--double-check the Pattern drop-down selection to ensure it matches your uniform.

Once you've verified the pattern type you need, select the type of subdued cloth Chief Warrant Officer 3 rank insignia you need using the drop-down selector box to the right. The choices are fairly self-explanatory, but you should know that “GorTex” is our shorthand term the Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System’s parka, which is manufactured with Gore-Tex® material.

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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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