U.S. ARMY PIN-ON METAL CORPORAL CHEVRONS

While Army regulations refer to pin-on Corporal chevrons as grade insignia, the unavoidable fact of the matter is that they are rank insignia: both Corporals and Specialists are in the grade of E-4, but they certainly don’t wear the same insignia. We will, however, use the terms “insignia of grade” or “grade insignia” to reflect Army terminology and avoid confusion.

In accordance with Army regulations, we offer both nonsubdued and subdued pin-on insignia of grade. Anodized 22K gold-plated chevrons are used for the nonsubdued insignia, while the subdued insignia features chevrons in black enamel.

Until 2017, the only Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) authorized to wear nonsubdued pin-on grade insignia were Hospital and Food Service personnel. In the most recent edition of DA 670-1, however, all references to hospital personnel and uniforms have been removed, so the only Corporals authorized to wear nonsubdued pin-on grade insignia are those serving as Culinary Specialists.

Specifically, the regulations state that all enlisted Culinary personnel wear the nonsubdued pin-on chevrons centered a quarter-inch above the nameplate worn on the garrison culinary smock, or, strangely enough, “centered on both collars of the medical assistant smock” (p. 167, DA 670-1, 25 May 2017). Just why culinary personnel would wear medical assistant smocks is not clear, an anomaly made even more confounding because this is the only occurrence of the term “medical assistant” in the nearly 340-page manual. Of course, the inclusion of the term might well be a clue that NCOs in Army Medical Department branches are authorized to wear nonsubdued pin-on grade insignia. Until it is clarified, we suggest you consult your local commander for clarification on this point.

Enlisted personnel wear the subdued grade insignia on utility uniforms and on the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) jacket. It is also authorized for wear on helmet camouflage cover.
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