Officers in the O-3 paygrade have the rank title of Captain in the Army, Air Force, and Marines, but Lieutenant in the Navy and Coast Guard. The O-3 rank insignia of two silver bars, first introduced in the United States Army in 1836, is featured prominently on both our tie tack and tie clasp for Captains—but unfortunately this item is only suitable for wear by Captains in the Army and Air Force. While Marine Corps Captains and Navy and Coast Guard Lieutenants wear the same insignia as their Army and Air Force counterparts, their uniform regulations require tie clasp, tacks, and bars to be gold-colored rather than silver.

Army regulations are silent regarding wear of tie tacks and clasps except to require that they be conservative in design. The Air Force manual states that tacks or clasps are to be centered between the bottom edge of the knot and the bottom tip of the tie. Tacks or clasps are considered optional purchase items in both the Army and Air Force, but we recommend that Captains purchase them not only to provide a classic finishing touch to Service Uniforms, but also because they can be worn with civilian clothing as a tasteful sign of your service to your country.

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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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105 Apache Drive, Archdale, NC, 27263. Tel: 1-844-937-2588