Our nonsubdued pin-on rank insignia for Sergeants Major (E-9) is made with anodized 22K gold plating to minimize corrosion and ensure a brilliant finish, but until very recently regulations allowed their wear only on the smocks worn by in the Culinary and Medical career fields; this lineup was expanded in the January 2021 edition of DA PAM 670-1 to include the Heritage Green All-Weather Coat and Heritage Green Windbreaker. Nonsubdued pin-on Sergeant Major rank insignia is centered on the collars of the Garrison Culinary smock and the Medical Assistant smock, and centered ¼ inch above the nameplate on the Garrison Culinary long-sleeve smock with Mandarin collar.

Subdued (black) pin-on grade insignia was not authorized for wear until December 1967, when the Army announced it would allow the wear of black metal insignia on the collars of work uniforms. Today, subdued pin-on rank insignia is authorized for wear by enlisted personnel including NCOSs on all Utility uniforms, the cold-weather coat, and the Gore-Tex (ECWCS) parka. Subdued pin-on Sergeant Major insignia is also allowed on the Patrol Cap (centered both left to right and top to bottom), cold-weather utility caps, the camouflage cover worn on helmets, and the sun hat (boonie).

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