The only distinguishing features between the ASU coats worn by Enlisted Soldiers and Officers are the presence or absence of shoulder loops, also referred to as epaulets, and the type of braid ornamentation found at the end of the coat sleeves. Remove the 1/8-inch soutache sleeve braid from the sleeves and take the epaulets off the shoulders of the Enlisted coat, for example, and you have the basis of the Officer’s ASU coat.

Our Officer-to-Enlisted Shoulder Loop Conversion kit, on the other hand, provides you with all you need to convert an Officer’s coat into one that meets the specification for Enlisted personnel. It includes two shoulder loops with gold piping, two gold general service Army buttons with coat of arms of the United States, and more than enough gold-colored soutache for the 1/8-inch braids that are placed on each sleeve so that the braids’ bottoms are three inches from the sleeve ends.

And in case you were wondering—no, Officers cannot be “busted down” from Commissioned Officer to Enlisted status as a form of Non-Judicial Punishment or as the result of a court-martial.

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