U.S. NAVY / USCG WARRANT OFFICER 1 COAT RANKS

Originally known simply as Warrant Officer, the entry-level rank of Warrant Officer 1 (W-1) was distinguished from higher ranks of Warrant Officers (i.e., Chief Warrant Officers) by the fact those serving in it received their rank through appointment rather than commission. Following the creation of three higher grades of Chief Warrant Officers, the W-1 rank became increasingly viewed (though never described) as a temporary appointment on the way to Chief Warrant Officer 2. This reality, coupled with unintended pay disparities, led the Navy and the Coast Guard to eliminate the rank in 1975.

Current Navy regulations call for the wear of metal grade insignia on the shoulder straps of Blue All-Weather Coats and Black Jackets. Both single-and double-breasted All-Weather Coats are authorized as Navy uniform components until 1 October 2020, at which time only double-breasted coats are permitted. The Black Jacket stands alone as the Navy’s lightweight outerwear jacket; two decades ago both Blue and Black windbreakers were permitted, with the khaki jacket being discontinued on 1 October 2016.

In the Coast Guard, metal grade insignia are worn on the epaulets of the Windbreaker and Trench Coat.
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