The Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification was established through OPNAVINST 1412.5 in March 1980, which also authorized the insignia to be worn by enlisted personnel who had completed the requisite training programs and passed written examinations and an oral board.

Per Navy regulations that specify only gold tie clasps can be worn by Officers and CPOs, our CPO Aviation Warfare Specialist tie clasp features a gold tie tack decorated with a silver Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia. (Officers are not eligible for the Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification and insignia).

You might wonder why we carry an Aviation Warfare Specialist tie clasp for enlisted (E-1 to E-6) personnel since the only enlisted personnel currently authorized to wear four-in-hand neckties are Chief Petty Officers (E-7 to E-9). We do so because until 2004 enlisted male Sailors in the E-1 to E-6 wore the Winter Blue uniform which included a four-in-hand tie as a basic component, allowing veterans to maintain their uniforms at the standard that was prescribed when they were serving.

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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.


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