Use the drop-down selection boxes to choose the type of insignia you need:

  • Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) was introduced in July 2015 and is the current camouflage pattern used for the Army Combat Uniform (ACU), the Army Aircrew Combat Uniform (A2CU), headgear, and outerwear.
  • Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) was introduced in 2004 and was authorized for wear until 1 October 2019. Note: UCP insignias are not authorized for wear by Soldiers currently serving in the Regular Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.
  • Rank With Velcro insignia featuring hook-and-loop fasteners on the back and are attached to hook-and-loop pads on the ACU, A2CU, and other Utility uniforms.
  • Cap Rank insignia must be sewn onto headgear (Patrol Cap, Sun Hat).
  • GorTex Loop is our shorthand for the Gore-Tex® parka used in the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System.

Subdued cloth grade insignia was introduced fairly early in the Vietnam War, but logistics issues—not the least of which was the problem of uniforms with sewn-on insignia being “out of commission” during the laundry process—led to the more widespread use nonsubdued pin-on metal insignia.

But cloth insignia that could be easily removed and re-attached from combat uniforms meant they needn’t hit the laundromat every time a uniform did, and as part of the 2004 rollout of its new Army Combat Uniform (ACU), the Army unveiled subdued cloth rank insignia with hook-and-loop fasteners that could be slapped on to reciprocal hook-and-loop pads on Utility uniforms. (Hook-and-loop fasteners are incorrectly called “Velcro,” which is actually the name of the company who pioneered the technology.)

Because these new types of hook-and-loop insignia appeared at the same time as the Army’s much-touted ACU, they quickly became known as “ACU rank” or “ACU insignia.”

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