While Army regulations allows all Soldiers at the Specialist E-4 pay grade and below to wear collar rank devices (nonsubdued pin-on grade insignia) on the Service Uniform shirt, the black all-weather coat, and the windbreaker, only Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) serving as culinary personnel or in the Medical branch are authorized to wear them. Culinary NCOs wear the nonsubdued pin-on insignia centered a quarter-inch above the nameplate on the garrison smock worn with the  Garrison Culinary Uniform, while Medical NCOs wear the insignia centered on both of the colors of the Medical Assistant smock. (The Garrison Culinary Uniform was previously called the Food Services Uniform.)

Our nonsubdued Sergeant chevrons are manufactured with anodized 22K gold plating, ensuring they will retain their brilliant finish for long years to come.

Unlike with the nonsubdued grade insignia, the regulations do not have separate paragraphs for guidance on the war of sew-on versus pin-on subdued insignia. Instead, the instructions simply state that all enlisted personnel wear subdued grade insignia on “utility uniforms and the ECWCS jackets” (ECWCS stands for Extended Cold Weather Clothing System). In all cases, the subdued grade insignia is worn centered on the hook-and-loop (Velcro) face pad normally used to attach insignia embroidered on to material with a hook-and-loop backing.

Subdued (black) pin-on or sew-on Sergeant chevrons are also authorized for wear on the camouflage cover of helmet, centered on the front of the helmet approximately two-and-half inches above the bottom rim of the helmet. Commanders may require Soldiers to use embroidered rank insignia, but if so none of the costs involved in putting the insignia on the helmet are born by the Soldiers.

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