Army regulations describe the Specialist insignia of grade as “shaped like an inverted chevron at the bottom, with an eagle device in the center.” It is the only rank insignia to not feature a traditional chevron—a distinguishable, inverted “v”—and could just as easily be described as an angular, inverted teardrop.

The Specialist insignia of grade is also the only one to feature the “eagle device,” which is referred to but never defined in DA 670-1 or at The Institute of Heraldry. It’s essentially the imagery from the Coat of Arms of the United States minus the cloud or “glory” above the eagle’s head that has 13 stars on a blue field.

Referred to as “nonsubdued” because the eagle device is gold instead of the monotone black used for utility uniforms such as the ACU, the Specialist rank insignia is sewn onto both sleeves of the jackets of the Army Service, Blue Mess, and White Mess Dress Uniforms. A golden eagle device on a blue background is worn on the Army Service and Blue Mess jackets, while an insignia with a white background is worn only the White Mess Dress jacket.

We also offer the Specialist rank insignia on a green background for wear on the sleeves of the Class A Army green uniform, which was replaced by the Army Service Uniform in 2015. Though no longer authorized for wear by Soldiers actively serving on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, the Class A “Army Greens” are a popular selection not only for veterans, but also for uniform collectors, military re-enactors, and movie and film studios seeking authentic uniforms for their productions.

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