Subdued embroidered rank insignia is authorized for wear by Chief Warrant Officers 5 on Combat and Utility Uniforms, headgear (Sun Hat or boonie, Patrol Cap, helmet camouflage cover) and outerwear (the parka that is part of the Extended Cold-Weather Clothing System, or ECWCS). Though worn on a wide variety of uniforms and uniform components, subdued embroidered rank insignia is commonly referred to as “ACU rank” because versions with hook-and-loop fastener (Velcro) backings were introduced at the same time the Army debuted the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) in 2004.

The subdued rank insignia on this page are embroidered on fabric using one of two types of camouflage patterns. The Universal Camouflage Pattern, which was introduced at the same as the Army Combat Uniform, was used on ACUs issued up until 1 July 2015 and the issuance of uniforms made with the OCP, or Operational Camouflage Pattern. The two patterns will "co-exist," so to speak, until the UCP wear-out date of 30 September 2019. Please double-check the Pattern selector to the right to ensure your choice matches your ACU's camo pattern.

With the pattern type determined, use the drop-down box to the right to select the type of subdued embroidered CW5 rank insignia you need. “Rank With Velcro” is just that—rank insignia embroidered on material with hook-and-loop fasteners on the obverse; these are worn on the ACU and other Utility uniforms. Choose “Cap Rank” for an insignia without Velcro that is sewn onto headgear like the boonie or Patrol Cap (it can also be sewn onto the Velcro pads on uniforms instead of using Velcro-backed vesion). We use “Gortex” as shorthand for Gore-Tex®, the material used for the ECWCS parka; this insignia features an opening at the bottom so it can be easily slid over a tab on the front of the parka.

Note: In some cases, subdued pin-on rank insignia can be used in lieu of embroidered cloth insignia. Refer to DA 670-1 for more information.

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