The distinctive silver bar with the thin black enamel line in the center has adorned the nonsubdued pin-on metal rank insignia of Chief Warrant Officers 5 since 1991, but the design was approved over twenty years earlier in 1970; in fact, it was created before the rank of CW5 even existed. It is authorized for wear on the shoulder loops of the Black All-Weather Coat and the Black Windbreaker, but there is no guidance provided in DA 670-1 regarding the insignia’s placement except that it is to be “parallel to the shoulder seam.” Presumably it is placed near the broad (shoulder) end of the loop, thus mimicking the appearance of the CW5’s shoulder strap on the Army Service Uniform.

Sold in pairs, this pin-on CW5 rank insignia is also authorized for wear as part of the sleeve ornamentation on the White or Blue Mess jackets, where it’s worn vertically and centered in the area formed by the lower two curves of the jacket’s trefoil (knot) meeting the sleeve braid. However, regulations authorize Chief Warrant Officers 5 (as well as all Commissioned and Warrant Officers, in fact) to wear embroidered insignia instead of this nonsubdued metal insignia on both mess and evening mess uniforms. We recommend our embroidered bullion CW5 rank insignia for wear on those uniform items.

An identical pin-on metal insignia is worn as CW5 rank insignia on the black beret (as well as the colored berets issued as organizational items to personnel in Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces). We sell this item on a separate page because it comes with only one insignia as opposed to the pairs sold here; you can learn more and purchase the insignia by clicking here.

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