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Identification badges of the Uniformed Services of the United States are insignia which are worn by service members conducting special duties, many of which can be awarded as permanent decorations if those duties are performed successfully. There are a few Identification Badges that are awarded to all members of the uniform services (such as the Presidential Service Badge), others are specific to a uniform service (such as the U.S. Army's Drill Sergeant Identification Badge). The Office of the President and Vice President and department/service level headquarters Identification Badges are permanent decorations for those who successfully server in those assignments. Some of the uniform service level Identification Badges can be permanent decorations and others are only worn by a uniform service member while performing the duties associated with their special assignment, such as the uniform service's Recruiter Badges.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Command Insignia/Badges are another form of Identification Badge used to identify an officer or non-commissioned officer who is/was in command or in-charge of a unit. For many of the uniform services, if the service member performs their leadership duties successfully, the insignia/badge they wear can become a permanent uniform decoration, regardless of their next assignment.[2][3][5][7]

The following is a list of service Identification Badges currently in use by the uniform services:

Executive Branch Identification Badges

Department of Defense Identification Badges

U.S. Army Specific Identification Badges

U.S. Air Force Specific Identification Badges

U.S. Navy Specific Identification Badges

U.S. Marine Corps Specific Identification Badges

Department of Homeland Security Identification Badges

U.S. Coast Guard Specific Identification Badges

Department of Health and Human Services Identification Badges

USPHS Commissioned Corps Specific Identification Badges

Department of Commerce Identification Badges

U.S. NOAA Corps Specific Identification Badges

See also


  1. Army Regulation 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, dated 3 February 2005 with rapid action revision dated 11 May 2012, last accessed 3 August 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Navy Uniform Regulations, Chapter 5, updated 24 March 2011, last accessed 3 August 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Air Force Instruction 36-2903: Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel, dated 1 March 2013, last accessed 3 August 2013
  4. Marine Corps Uniform Regulation P1020.34, Chapter 4, updated 29 October 2009, last accessed 3 August 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Coast Guard Uniform Regulation, M1020.6H, updated April 2013, last accessed 29 September 2013
  6. USPHS PPM 08-019, Wear of Skill and Breast Badges, dated 28 Aug 08, last accessed 10 December 11
  7. 7.0 7.1 NOAA Corps Directive, Chapter 12, Part 6, Insignia, Medals, and Ribbon Bars, dated 21 November 2003, last accessed 31 March 2013

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