Air Force uniform regulations call for First Lieutenants to wear subdued cloth rank insignia with the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU), the All-Purpose Environmental Clothing System (APECS), and the Sage Green Fleece jacket ( also referred to as the Sage Green Fleece uniform in some Air Force documentation). Each type of uniform has a distinct method of affixing cloth rank insignia; use the drop-down selector to the right to choose the appropriate insignia version for your uniform need.

Sew-on insignias are sewn directly onto the collars of the Airman Battle Uniform and are sold in pairs.

Gortex Loop insignias are designed to slide over the rank tab found on the parka of the APECS, or All-Purpose Environmental Clothing System. The APECS was originally developed by the Marine Corps, but it was quickly adopted by the Air Force in the mid-2000s.

Fleece Rank with Hook Closure  features the subdued (dark blue as opposed to silver) 1st Lt insignia on a square background of solid sage-green color with a Velcro backing. It is attached to the wearer’s left side of the Sage Green Fleece, centered just above the name tape.

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As a certified manufacturer of uniforms and insignia, The Salute Uniforms considers it a privilege to provide the members of our nation’s military services with superior-quality apparel and accoutrements. We guarantee that every product we offer is made in the USA and meets or surpasses Mil-Spec standards. Browse our online catalog and discover how our tradition of excellence and commitment to innovation makes us your best source for military uniforms, insignias, medals, and accessories.


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