U.S. NAVY WO-1 SLEEVE LACING

For its Chief Warrant Officer cadre, the Navy created a distinct set of sleeve rank insignia that eschewed the addition of extra stripes to indicate successively higher grades. Instead, the system uses a series of 1/8-inch blue breaks in a solid, 1/2-inch-wide gold lacing  to indicate the grade, but higher grades are somewhat unintuitively reflected by fewer blue breaks rather than more—although that rule is tossed out the window for the almost-mythical rank of CWO5.

Until 1975, the Navy classified CWOs as either Warrant Officers 1, who were appointed, and Chief Warrant Officers 2 through 4, who also had been selected but subsequently were commissioned like regular Officers. But in that year the Navy eliminated the W-1 positions, primarily because it was viewed as an extremely temporary stepping-stone to the CW02 rank, but it did maintain regulations regarding the sleeve insignia for those Sailors at W-1 or who retired at that rank. Instead of the ½-inch gold lacing used for all other CWO sleeve rank insignia, the W-1 lacing is only half the width (¼-inch), while sharing the same three, symmetrically placed blue breaks as its CWO2 counterpart.
Price
$24.99usd
Quantity

About us

As a certified manufacturer of uniforms and insignia, The Salute Uniforms considers it a privilege to provide the members of our nation’s military services with superior-quality apparel and accoutrements. We guarantee that every product we offer is made in the USA and meets or surpasses Mil-Spec standards. Browse our online catalog and discover how our tradition of excellence and commitment to innovation makes us your best source for military uniforms, insignias, medals, and accessories.

SECURE PAYMENT

100% secure payment

Salute Industries Inc, proud maker of The Salute Uniforms.
105 Apache Drive, Archdale, NC, 27263.