Sergeant Major shoulder marks are worn on a variety of Army uniform components that are manufactured with shoulder loops. These include long- and short-sleeve shirts worn with both Class B Service Dress uniforms (AGSU and ASU), the Black Cardigan, Black and Heritage Green Pullover Sweaters, the Black Windbreaker (worn with the Senior Culinary Management NCO uniform and the Class B variation of the Army Service Uniform), the Black All-Weather Coat, and Maternity Shirts.

In 1996, the Army ended its policy of categorizing its two sizes of shoulder marks as Male and Female, instead opting for the more accurate descriptors of Large and Small and simultaneously authorizing personnel to wear whichever size they wished. Please review your size selection before leaving this to continue shopping or begin the checkout process.

According to military historian and uniform expert Lt. Colonel William K. Emerson (U.S. Army, Ret), shoulder loops were first used on U.S. Army uniforms in the 1780s. Prior to World War I, these loops frequently featured edging in the wearer’s branch color or were manufactured entirely in it. Between the two World Wars, officers’ shirts had shoulder loops while enlisted Soldiers’ did not, and pin-on metal insignia of rank were sometimes placed on the loops.

After World War II, the practice of using shoulder loops to display rank insignia was extended to enlisted personnel, and during the 1980s the transition was made from pin-on insignia to shoulder marks.

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