The sew-on grade insignia for Corporals consists of two gold chevrons that are worn on each sleeve of the Army Service / Blue Dress Uniform, as well as on both the Blue and White Mess jackets, and is referred to as nonsubdued cloth grade insignia to distinguish it from the monotone grade insignia on the Army Combat Uniform.

Currently, the Army authorizes two backgrounds, blue and white, upon which the two gold-colored Corporal’s chevrons are embroidered, with the white background employed for insignia worn on the White Mess jackets and blue for insignia on all other authorized uniforms. Here at The Salute Uniforms, we also carry the Corporal sleeve chevrons embroidered on a green background for wear with the old Class A “Army Green” dress uniform. Please make sure you make the appropriate selection in the drop-down box to the right.

We take it for granted today that chevrons are an indication of rank, but their original purpose as military insignia was to reflect years of good or honorable service in the British and French armies of the 17th century. Similarly, General George Washington issued an order in August 1782 in which he declared that a “narrow piece of white cloth, of an angular form…to be fixed to the left arm of the uniform coat” of those Soldiers and NCOs who had served with “bravery, fidelity and good conduct” for at least three years.”

Though clearly more related to today’s service stripes than chevrons, some respected military historians and uniform researchers point to these good conduct insignia as the forerunners of grade insignia, which preeminent Army uniform and insignia expert William K. Emerson says have been in use since the “beginning of the nineteenth century."

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