Captain shoulder marks are worn on garments manufactured with shoulder loops to accommodate their placement. This can lead to some confusion because shoulder marks are commonly referred to as “epaulets” or “epaulettes,” and the Army uniform manual (DA 670-1) actually calls the shoulder loops found on the black Cardigan and pullover sweaters “epaulets.” In addition to the sweaters, Captain wear shoulder marks featuring their rank insignia of two attached silver bars on the long- and short-sleeve Service uniform shirts and Maternity shirts.
If a Captain is wearing a Maternity tunic with the Maternity shirt, the tunic’s shoulder piece is placed under the shoulder loop so the shoulder marks are clearly visible.

Shoulder marks are available in Large and Small sizes. Both sizes are 2.125” at the base, which tapers to 1.75” (Large) and 1.78125” (Small); the Small is an inch shorter than the Large (4.25”). The Army mandated the two sizes to ensure that personnel could select a shoulder mark that fit well on their particular garments because not all garment manufacturers produce shoulder loops with precisely the same dimensions. These were previously designated as Male and Female sizes, but the Army replaced that nomenclature with the more accurate ones currently in use.

According to a Web site dedicated to a documentary on the 10th Mountain Division’s World War II campaign titled The Last Ridge, the Captain rank insignia is sometimes referred to as “First Lieutenant, Second Award” because it adds an identical silver bar to the 1LT insignia.

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