CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM INSIGNIA SINCE 1941

FIRST EDITION
By Lt. Col. Preston B. Perrenot, CAP 2009

DEDICATION Dedicated to all of the Civil Air Patrol volunteers, past and present who have proudly and honorably worn these insignia while serving their communities and their country. Semper Vigilans. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Special thanks to Col. Len Blascovich, CAP National Historian, Maj. Jim Shaw, CAP National Curator, and Lt. Col. Doris North, CAP for their invaluable advice and corrections. A note of thanks to Lt. Col. Roy Campbell, CAP for being the messenger. He knows what I mean… And as always, thanks to my wife Sandra for putting up with the CAP and me for the last twenty-four years.

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Contents CIVIL AIR PATROL OFFICERS ......................................................................5 CIVIL AIR PATROL ENLISTED PERSONNEL ............................................27 CIVIL AIR PATROL CADET OFFICERS .......................................................41 CIVIL AIR PATROL CADET ENLISTED PERSONNEL .............................54 CIVIL AIR PATROL AERONAUTICAL RATING BADGES .......................70 CIVIL AIR PATROL SPECIALTY AND QUALIFICATION BADGES .......74 CIVIL AIR PATROL COLLAR INSIGNIA.......................................................87 CIVIL AIR PATROL HAT BADGES................................................................89 CIVIL AIR PATROL IDENTIFICATION INSIGNIA .......................................91 CIVIL AIR PATROL WING AND REGION PATCHES ................................95 CIVIL AIR PATROL AWARDS AND DECORATIONS................................102 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM BUTTONS ...................................................112 CIVIL AIR PATROL MISCELLANEOUS INSIGNIA.....................................114 CIVIL AIR PATROL SYMBOLS ......................................................................118 CIVIL AIR PATROL FLAGS, AIRCRAFT AND VEHICLE MARKINGS...123 SOURCES ...........................................................................................................129

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PLATE COMMENTS Civil Air Patrol officers use the same grade insignia devices that are used by U.S. Air Force Officers today and by army officers during World War II. The full size grade insignia are all generally 1” tall except for the colonel’s eagle which is approximately 1 ½” wide. The service epaulets are blue, maroon, or gray cloth with the grade insignia device, C.A.P. cypher, and stripes, if any, embroidered on to them. C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1942 – 1944 The Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1 st, 1941. The first uniform regulations that actually went into effect were published in early 1942. C.A.P. personnel were to wear the same uniform as the U.S. Army Air Corps with distinctive red shoulder straps and silver C.A.P. buttons. On the dark Olive Brown army service coat, C.A.P. officers wore the full size metal grade insignia pinned to the shoulder straps. On the right shirt collar, officers wore the same grade insignia with the silver C.A.P. winged propeller insignia on the left collar. NOTE: Initially, CAP Flight Officers wore the gold and brown rounded bars of a U.S. Army Warrant Officer. In late 1943, the grades of Chief Warrant Officer and Warrant Officer were authorized. The Chief Warrant Officer wore the brown and gold bar with a gold center like the U.S. Army. The grade insignia previously worn by a Flight Officer (a brown rounded bar with a gold stripe in the center) conformed to the U.S. Army grade and became a Warrant Officer. Also in 1943, the U.S. Army created the grade of Flight Officer which denoted a Warrant Officer on flight status. This insignia was the same as the insignia for Warrant Officer but with blue enamel instead of brown enamel. The CAP also adopted the new Flight Officer grade. During this time period, grade insignia was worn on the red shoulder straps of both the shirt and coat.
TABLE OF ORGANIZATION 1942 - OFFICERS GRADE POSITION MAJOR WING COMMANDER * CAPTAIN WING STAFF OFFICER/GROUP COMMANDER FIRST LIEUTENANT GROUP STAFF OFFICER/SQUADRON COMMANDER SECOND LIEUTENANT SQUADRON STAFF OFFICER/FLIGHT LEADER CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER DEPUTY STAFF OFFICER FLIGHT OFFICER PILOT OFFICER/OBSERVER OFFICER

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* The National Commander at this time was M ajor General John F. Curry, USAAC

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1944 – 1946 Grade of Lieutenant Colonel added. The red shoulder straps and trim were eliminated. C.A.P. Officers now wore the same uniforms as the U.S. Army with C.A.P. buttons and insignia. On the shirts, officers removed the grade insignia from the shoulder straps. Grade was now worn on the right collar of the shirt with the winged propeller insignia on the left collar.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1946 – 1951 Grade of Colonel added.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1951 – 1965 In 1951, the C.A.P. approved the air force blue and khaki service uniforms as an option. C.A.P. members were allowed to wear the WWII army type uniform until 1956. C.A.P. officers wore metal military grade insignia on the shoulder straps of the blue service coat. On the khaki service shirt, officers wore miniature (2/3 size) versions of the metal grade insignia on the right collar and a silver C.A.P. collar insignia on the left collar. The Civil Air Patrol only had two grades of Warrant Officer and adopted the grade insignia of the U.S.A.F. Chief Warrant Officer 4 for the C.A.P. grade of Chief Warrant Officer and the U.S.A.F. grade insignia of Warrant Officer 1 for the C.A.P. grade of Warrant Officer. The collar insignia was changed to the metal silver letters “C.A.P.”

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C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1965 – 1969 The khaki service shirt uniform was replaced by the light blue shirt. Officers continued to wear the miniature grade insignia on the right collar and the C.A.P. collar insignia on the left collar

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1969 – 1977 The grade of Brigadier General was added.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1977 – 1984 The blue service epaulets were introduced and replaced the miniature grade insignia on the shirt collars. General officers wore a ¼” silver stripe at the bottom of the epaulet and a 1/8” silver stripe at the top. M ajor, Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel wore a 1/8” silver stripe at the bottom of the epaulet.

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C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1984 – 1990 The warrant officer grades were replaced by the Flight Officer grades. Flight Officers wear one to three ¼” silver stripes on the epaulet and, on the Corporate Service coat, a metal blue bar with one to three silver stripes on it.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1990 – 1992 The grade of M ajor General was added to the structure but removed in 1992.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1992 – 1995 The blue service epaulets were replaced by maroon epaulets The metal rank insignia was removed from the shoulder straps of the service coat and replaced with the maroon epaulets.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1995 – 2003 The maroon epaulets were replaced with gray epaulets. The gray epaulets are worn on the U.S.A.F. style blue service coat, the light blue service shirts, and the white aviator shirt (C.A.P. Distinctive Uniform Combination).

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 2003 - 2005 The rank of M ajor General was re-established.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA S INCE 2005 - 2010 The Corporate Service Uniform, consisting of an air force blue double breasted blue coat with air force blue trousers and a white shirt was introduced. Officers wear the metal grade insignia pinned to the shoulder straps on the coat and U.S.A.F. regulation blue officer’s epaulets on the white shirt. On the U.S.A.F. style uniform coat and light blue shirt, officers wear gray embroidered C.A.P. epaulets.

C.A.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA S INCE 2010 The Corporate Service Uniform was abolished in 2009 but will not be phased out until 2012. However, for the remaining life of the uniform, the blue epaulets were removed from the white Corporate Service Shirt and the metal grade insignia was removed from the Corporate Service Coat. Both were replaced by the CAP gray epaulets.

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PLATE COMMENTS The M ess Dress Uniform was first authorized for the C.A.P. in 1969 and copied the USAF M ess Dress Uniform at the time. Officers wore white jackets in the summer over black trousers or a skirt and a black jacket in the winter. On the black jacket, USAF officers wore a silver ½” stripe on the cuffs and a white ½ stripe on the cuffs of the white jacket. C.A.P. officers wore ½” Ultramarine Blue stripes on both the black and white jackets. Grade insignia is displayed on hard shoulder boards in the form of gold or silver bullion wire grade insignia devices. Air Force officers wore black epaulets with silver ½” silver lace stripes on both black and white jackets. C.A.P. officers replaced the silver lace stripes with Ultramarine Blue lace stripes. Air Force general officers wore a silver lace covered shoulder with the rank stars outline in black. CAP general officers wore the same shoulder board but with two ¼” wide Ultramarine blue stripes on the board. In the early 1980s, the air force replaced the black and white mess dress uniforms with a year-round air force blue mess dress uniform, and in 1984, the C.A.P. followed suit. Air Force officers wear silver ½” lace stripes on the sleeves and blue shoulder boards while C.A.P officers wear ½” wide air force blue stripes. C.A.P. general officers replaced the Ultramarine blue ¼” stripes with air force blue ¼” stripes. The C.A.P. officially adopted the USAF O.G. Green fatigue uniform in 1969 and began wearing the same cloth collar rank insignia as air force officers. These insignia were embroidered in white or yellow, the same size as the metal grade insignia, on an Olive Green cloth background. The insignia were then sewn onto the collars of the fatigue shirts or the shoulder straps of field jackets. While air force officers wore the grade insignia on both collars, C.A.P. officers wore the grade on the right collar, and an embroidered white on Olive Green C.A.P. insignia on the left collar. These insignia were also made with a Sage Green background and were worn on the shoulders of the air force green flight suit. In the early 1970s, the air force began replacing the Olive Green backed cloth grade insignia with Ultramarine blue backed cloth grade insignia. The C.A.P. also replaced both its Olive Green rank insignia and collar insignia with the Ultramarine Blue. This grade insignia was worn on the obsolete C.A.P. blue jumpsuits and is still worn on the Battledress Uniform and the C.A.P. Blue Field Uniform. Today, C.A.P. officers have removed the cloth collar insignia and wear the grade insignia on both collars. The 1970s also saw the C.A.P. start using the plastic encased grade insignia for the flight suits. These insignia are full size reproductions of the metal grade insignia but made of plastic and encased in clear plastic. These insignia are worn sewn to the shoulders of both the air force sage green and C.A.P. blue flight suit. In 2004, embroidered white or yellow on dark blue cloth grade insignia were introduced as an option to the plastic encased grade insignia for the blue flight suit. The Battledress Gortex Parka was approved for the C.A.P. in 2005 since the parka does not have usable shoulder straps or collars rank is displayed on the center of the fly-front in the form of rank sleeves slipped onto a button strap. The rank sleeves are ultramarine blue cloth with the grade and C.A.P. cipher embroidered on them. 23

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PLATE COMMENTS C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1942 – 1944 The Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1 st, 1941. The first uniform regulations that actually went into effect were published in early 1942. C.A.P. personnel were to wear the same uniform as the U.S. Army Air Corps with red shoulder straps and silver C.A.P. buttons. C.A.P. enlisted personnel were ordered to wear U.S. Army regulation khaki chevrons on a red background. TABLE OF ORGAN IZATION 1942 – EN LIS TED PERS ONNEL GRADE POS ITION MASTER SERGEANT M ECHANIC A & E FIRST SERGEANT SQUADRON FIRST SERGEANT TECHNICAL SERGEANT PILOT/ M ECHANIC A or E/RADIO OPERATOR STAFF SERGEANT OBSERVER SERGEANT PHOTOGRAPHER CORPORAL CLERK PRIVATE FIRST CLASS STENOGRGAPHER PRIVATE ALL OTHER PERSONNEL C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1944 – 1951 The C.A.P. eliminated the red distinctions and began wearing the U.S. Army chevrons. The chevrons for the upper sleeves of the Dark Olive Brown Service Coat were khaki on dark blue. The chevrons worn on the upper sleeves of the khaki service shirt were a darker shade of khaki on a khaki background. It is interesting to note that these khaki shirt chevrons were in wide use by the army but were never officially approved. The C.A.P., however, did officially approve them. Conforming to changes to the army rank structure, the C.A.P. moved the grade of First Sergeant into the top grade and added a third arc to the insignia. The United States Air Force was created in 1947 and the C.A.P. became it’s official auxiliary.

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C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1951 – 1956 The C.A.P. adopted the air force blue and khaki service uniforms but members were allowed to wear the WWII style uniform until 1956. The C.A.P., however, did not use the U.S.A.F. enlisted rank insignia initially. Instead, they opted for silver on blue versions of

the 2 ½” wide U.S. Army “Golden-Lite” chevrons for wear on the upper sleeves of the blue service coat and khaki service shirt. They also continued to use the army titles. C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1956 – 1960 C.A.P. enlisted personnel adopted the “gull wing and Hap Arnold Star” rank insignia worn by the U.S.A.F. enlisted personnel, substituting the title of Airman with Senior M ember.

C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1960 – 1961 The grades of Chief M aster Sergeant and Senior M aster Sergeant were added.

C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1961 – 1968 Grade of Senior M ermber First Class changed to Airman First Class Grade of Senior M ember Second Class changed to Airman Second Class Grade of Senior M ember Third Class changed to Airman Third Class Grade of Senior M ember changed to Airman

C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1968 – 1972 Grade of Airman First Class changed to Sergeant Grade of Airman Second Class changed to Airman First Class Grade of Airman Third Class changed to Airman Grade of Airman changed to Airman Basic

C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1972 – 1985 C.A.P. Enlisted Grades were abolished from the structure.

C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1985 – 1992 The C.A.P. approved enlisted grades as an option for former members of the armed forces who opted to retain their enlisted grade rather than accept a C.A.P. commission. The enlisted grade is only an entry level grade and any promotions must be to an officer grade and enlisted personnel must wear the U.S.A.F. chevrons, regardless of their prior service. The C.A.P. introduced the blue service epaulets for the light blue service shirt uniform. No embroidered enlisted epaulets were produced for the C.A.P. so enlisted personnel wore blue epaulets with C.A.P. embroidered in sliver on them. On these epaulets, enlisted personnel wore the U.S.A.F. metal and enamel collar rank insignia pinned on them.

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Enlisted personnel continued to wear the sleeve chevrons on the service coat and had the option of wearing the epaulets or sleeve chevrons on the service shirt. C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1992 – 1995 The blue service epaulets were replaced by maroon epaulets. Enlisted personnel had the option of wearing the epaulets or sleeve chevrons on both the service coat and the service shirt.

C.A.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E S INCE 1995 The chevrons were changed so that there were five gull wing chevrons going down and the top three grades had one to three point up chevrons. M ale enlisted personnel wear 4” wide chevrons on the upper sleeve of the coat and 3 ½” wide chevrons on the upper sleeves of the shirts. Female enlisted personnel wear the 3 ½” wide chevrons on both the coat and shirts. The epaulets of M aster Sergeant, Senior M aster Sergeant, and Chief M aster Sergeant have the grade insignia embroidered on them while the other grades pin the metal and enamel collar insignia onto an unadorned gray C.A.P. epaulet. The grades below Staff Sergeant were eliminted from the structure NCOs have the option of wearing C.A.P. gray rank epaulets on the shirt and service coat in lieu of the sleeve chevrons. Currently, the C.A.P. has a Chief M aster Sergeant of the CAP, bur no specific insignia has been designated. C.A.P. NCOs do not use the First Sergeant or Command M aster Chief designators.

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PLATE COMMENTS C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1945 – 1951 C.A.P. Cadet Officers were not fully authorized until 1951, however, an experimental program was initiated in 1945 to assess the feasability of adding cadet officers to the program. This experiment was confined to a small number of units and the insignia designed for them was the same 1 ½” X 1 ¾” cloth squares that the U.S. Army Air Corps was using to identify specialty badges. These insignia were worn on the upper sleeves ad identified the the three cadet officer grades approved with one to three gold embroidered horizontal bars.

C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1951 – 1956 Cadet officer grades were approved in 1951 at the same time as the CAP began wearing the air force blue uniform. Cadet officers adopted the same metal grade insignia of pips and diamonds that army ROTC cadet officers were using.

C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1956 – 1964 The grade of Cadet M ajor was added to identify the Chairman of the Wing Cadet Advisory Council. This grade was later expanded to cadets who commanded a cadet squadron or group of more than fifty cadets. At this time, the cadet officer grade insignia changed to the “microphone” pattern insignia that is still in use today.

C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1964 – 1968 The new cadet accomplishment system was created that allowed for the additon of the grades of Cadet Colonel and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. The cadet officer shoulder boards were created and worn on the service coat and the service shirts. These are hard shoulder boards covered in black nylon with the stripes and cadet officer eagle screened onto the nylon. The full size metal grade insignia is pinned to the board.

C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1968 – 1977 The grade of Cadet Warrant Officer was added.

C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1977 – 1984 The blue epaulets were introduced for wear on the service shirts. These were blue epaulets with the C.A.P. cypher embroidered in silver on it. Cadet officer pin miniature versions of their metal grade insignia on the epaulets.

C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1984 – 1998 The grade of Cadet Warrant Officer was changed to Cadet Flight Officer

C.A.P. CAD ET OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA S INCE 1998 The grade of Cadet Flight Officer was abolished.

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PLATE COMMENTS The C.A.P. officially adopted the USAF O.G. Green fatigue uniform in 1969 and began wearing the cloth rank insignia on the collars. These insignia were embroidered in white or yellow, the same size as the metal grade insignia, on an Olive Green cloth background. The insignia were then sewn onto the collars of the fatigue shirts or the shoulder straps of field jackets. C.A.P. cadet officers wore the grade on the right collar, and an embroidered white on Olive Green C.A.P. insignia on the left collar. In the early 1970s, the air force began replacing the Olive Green backed cloth grade insignia with Ultramarine blue backed cloth grade insignia. The C.A.P. also replaced both its Olive Green rank insignia and collar insignia with the Ultramarine Blue. This grade insignia was worn on the obsolete C.A.P. blue jumpsuits and is still worn on the Battledress Uniform and the C.A.P. Blue Field Uniform. Today, Cadet officers wear the cloth grade insignia on both collars.

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PLATE COMMENTS C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1942 – 1944 The Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1 st, 1941. The first uniform regulations that actually went into effect were published in early 1942. C.A.P. cadets only used the grades of Cadet Private, Cadet Private First Class, Cadet Corporal, Cadet Sergeant and Cadet First Sergeant. Cadets wore the same khaki on red chevrons as the senior member enlisted personnel. Cadets wore distinctive insignia that identified them as cadets and wore only the shirt sleeve uniform with red epaulets. TABLE OF ORGAN IZATION 1942 – CADETS GRADE POS ITION FIRST SERGEANT CADET COMMANDER SERGEANT ADJUTANT; TRAINING SERGEANT; INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT; COMM UNICATIONS SERGEANT; SUPPLY SERGEANT; FLIGHT LEADER CORPORAL ASSISTANT FLIGHT LEADER; SECTION LEADER PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ASSISTANT SECTION LEADER PRIVATE ALL OTHER CADETS

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C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1944 – 1949 The C.A.P. eliminated the red distinctions and cadets began wearing the U.S. Army chevrons. Cadets wore either the khaki on dark blue chevrons or the khaki summer service chevrons on the upper sleeves of the shirt. Conforming to changes to the army rank structure, the CAP moved the grade of First Sergeant into the top grade and added a third arc to the insignia. The United States Air Force was created in 1947 and the C.A.P. became it’s official auxiliary. In 1945, the CAP redesigned the cadet enlisted grade insignia to mirror the specialty patches used by the U.S. Army Air Corps. These patches were 1 ½” X 1 ¾” black with a gold border. The cadet rank chevrons were gold. In 1946, however, World War II ended and the CAP’s future was in question. All initiatives, such as the mass production of new insignia, were put on hold. Very few units, if any, had the opportunity to switch to these new grade insignia so they continued wearing the U.S. Army chevrons until 1949.

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C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1949 – 1956 In 1949, a specific cadet enlisted grade insignia was introduced and replaced the army chevrons. These insignia were 2” wide with white chevrons on an Ultramarine Blue background. They were sewn onto the upper sleeves of the shirt and the coats which had been approved for enlisted cadets.

C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1956 – 1960 The cadet enlisted grades were expanded to include the grades of Cadet M aster Sergeant, Cadet Technical Sergeant, and Cadet Staff Sergeant. Cadet Sergeant became Cadet First Class Cadet Corporal became Cadet Second Class Cadet Private First Class became Cadet Third Class Cadet Private became Cadet

C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1960 – 1961 The cadet chevrons were inverted so that they were now worn point down to conform to the U.S.A.F. chevrons.

C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1961 – 1968 Cadet First Class became Cadet Airman First Class Cadet Second Class became Cadet Airman Second Class Cadet Third Class became Cadet Airman Third Class

C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1968 – 1977 Cadet Airman First Class became Cadet Sergeant Cadet Airman Second Class became Cadet Airman First Class Cadet Airman Third Class became Cadet Airman The O.G. Green fatigue uniform was approved in 1969 and cadet wore these chevrons on the upper sleeves of the shirt.

C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1977 – 1998 Cadet enlisted personnel replaced the sleeve chevrons with new metal and enamel pin-on collar insignia which were worn on the right collars of the service shirts, fatigue uniform shirts/BDU shirts, and on the right upper lapels of the service coat. The C.A.P. collar

insignia was worn on the left. To designate a First Sergeant, a small metal and enamel blue and silver diamond was pinned above the grade insignia. C.A.P. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA S INCE 1998 The grades of Cadet Chief M aster Sergeant and Cadet Senior M aster Sergeant were added. The chevrons were changed so that there were five gull wing chevrons going down and the top three grades had one to three point up chevrons. To designate a First Sergeant, the insignia have a silver diamond in the center. The pin-on diamond is still used to designate a First Sergeant below the rank of Cadet M aster Sergeant. Cadet Sergeant became Cadet Senior Airman. Cadets with grade now wear the grade insignia on both collars and upper lapels. Cadet Airman Basics continue to wear the C.A.P. collar insignia on both collars and lapels.

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PLATE COMMENTS The Battledress Gortex Parka was approved for the C.A.P. in 2005 since the parka does not have usable shoulder straps or collars rank is displayed on the center of the fly-front in the form of rank sleeves slipped onto a button strap. The rank sleeves are ultramarine blue cloth with the grade and C.A.P. cipher embroidered on them for cadet officers. C.A.P. NCOs and cadet enlisted personnel were sleeves with the C.A.P. cipher embroidered on them and the metal and enamel collar insignia pinned to them.

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Silver metal insignia. Since 1948, 3” wide were worn on the coat and 2” were worn on the shirts and Mess Dress Uniform. Since 2005, 3” is authorized for all uniform; 2” is optional for shirts and mess dress.

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PLATE COMMENTS S PECIALTY BADGES
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ADMINSISTRATION (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIA N) AEROSPACE EDUCATION (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN CADET PROGRAM (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIA N) CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) COMMUNICATIONS (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIA N) DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) EMERGENCY SERVICES (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) FINANCE (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) HISTORIAN (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) INSPECTOR (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN LOGISTICS (MASTER SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) OPERATIONS (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN MORAL LEADERSHIP OFFICER (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) PERSONNEL (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) NATIONAL STAFF COLLEGE BADGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) PUBLIC AFFAIRS (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIA N) RECRUITING (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN) SAFETY (MASTER, SENIOR, TECHNICIAN)

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HOW WORN BADGE: Centered above the left pocket or top row of ribbons, under the aeronautical badge 2ND BADGE: Worn centered on the left pocket or 2” below the bottom row of ribbons. 3rd BADGE: Worn centered ½” above the nametag on the right side. 4th BADGE: Worn centered on the right pocket or 2” below the nametag. Service and dress uniforms only. 1ST

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COASTAL PATROL COURIER SERVICE LIAISON PATROL FOREST PATROL MECHANIC MISSING AIRCRAFT SEARCH MUSICIAN PHOTOGRAPHER RADIO SPECIALIST TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST CLOTH (These insignia started out gold on black because they were worn on the U.S. Army style uniform of WWII. They changed to white on Ultramarine Blue when the CAP changed to the Air Force Style uniforms.) 1942 – 1951: Worn sewn onto the lower right sleeve of shirts and coats. 1951 - 1954: Worn sewn onto the lower right sleeve of coats.

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BADGE GROUND TEAM (MASTER, SENIOR, BASIC) INCIDENT COMMANDER (MASTER, SENIOR, BASIC) *No cloth insignia LEGAL OFFICER MEDICAL OFFICER 1955 PRESENT NURSE OFFICER 1955 PRESENT EMERGENCY MEDICAL (PARAMEDIC, EMT II, EMT I) COMMANDER (GROUP OR SQUADRON) NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER, NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND MODEL ROCKETRY. (No cloth badge for Model Rocketry) CHAPLAIN (CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH) METAL AND CLOTH FORM METAL AND CLOTH HOW WORN Metal: Worn on service and dress uniforms, centered above the left pocket or top row of ribbons, under the aeronautical badge. The commander badges are worn above the nametag on the right side. CLOTH: Worn on fatigue uniforms, ½” above the CAP ID tape on the left side. The commander badges are worn above the nametape on the right side.

Metal: Worn on service and dress uniforms, centered on the left pocket or 2” below the bottom row of ribbons. CLOTH: Worn on fatigue uniforms, centered on the left pocket. Metal: Worn on service and dress uniforms, centered above the top row of ribbons AND/OR aeronautical/specialty insignia. Metal: Worn on service and dress uniforms, centered above the top row of ribbons AND/OR aeronautical/specialty insignia. Worn on the lower coat lapels

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C.A.P. GUARD 1942 - 1945 PARACHUTE SQUADRON PATCH 1942-1946 AVIATION CADET PATCH 19431946 C.A.P. ENCAMPMENT PATCH 1949-1951 AERIAL RDIOLOGICAL MONITOR PATCH PILOT PROFICIENCY PATCH NATIONAL EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TRAINING PATCHES 1976 - 1992 COMMUNICATIONS QUALIFICATION PATCH NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT PATCH CHECK PILOT PATCH NATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE SCHOOL PATCH AIR EDUCATION & TRAINING COMMAND FAMILIARIZATION COURSE PATCH AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND FAMILIARIZATION COURSE PATCH HAWK MOUNTAIN RANGER SCHOOL PATCH NATIONAL BLUE BERET PATCH MEMBERSHIP 2000 PATCH NATIONAL FLIGHT ACADEMY CADET ORIENTATION PILOT PATCH USAF PARARESCUE ORIENTATION COURSE PATCH SAFETY QUALIFICATION PATCH NATIONAL EMERGENCY SERVICE ACADEMY PATCH NATIONAL HONOR GUARD ACADEMY PATCH AIR FORCE RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER S.A.R. MANAGEMENT COURSE PATCH CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT COURSE PATCH ARCHER AIRCREW PATCH CLOTH

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Sewn onto the lower left sleeve. Sewn centered on the left pock et Fatigue Uniforms and Flight Suits Only: Centered on left breast pocket

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HOW WORN Fatigue Uniforms and Flight Suits Only: Centered on right breast pocket Fatigue Uniforms Only: Centered above the nametape on the right side Blazer Insignia Sewn centered on the white ascot.

EMERGENCY SERVICES QUALIFICATION PATCHES INTERNATIONAL AIR CADET EXCHANGE PATHES C.A.P. HONOR GUARD PATCH

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CIVIL AIR PATROL COLLAR INSIGNIA

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CIVIL AIR PATROL HAT BADGES

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CIVIL AIR PATROL IDENTIFICATION INSIGNIA

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CIVIL AIR PATROL WING AND REGION PATCHES

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From 1951 to 2006, these patches were worn on the upper left sleeve of all uniforms except the Mess Dress. Since 2006, they are optional on the upper left sleeve of utility uniforms and the upper right sleeve of flight suits.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

PLATE COMMENTS The first Civil Air Patrol awards were the three cloth triangle shaped devices which were worn sewn onto the uniform above the left pocket. In 1943, the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry began designing the CAP awards and the triangles were replaced by ribbons. The Institute of Heraldry designed ribbons using a variety of criteria that included the reason the ribbon was being awarded, the meaning of heraldic colors, and the need to not conflict with armed forces ribbons being used at the time. In 1964, the CAP revised the Cadet Program into basically what it is today, the system where grades and awards are directly tied to achievements. There were also some changes to the Senior M ember program, all of which required the design of several new ribbons. The Institute of Heraldry did not have the time or the manpower to create these new ribbons so the task fell to the CAP. The ribbons designed by the CAP Art Department were made so that they had pictures on them, curves, and other non-traditional features. This was done presumably so that there was no chance of conflict with the armed forces ribbons. The CAP actually only has three medals: The Silver M edal of Valor, the Bronze M edal of Valor, and the Distinguished Service M edal. These are the only awards that are presented with a full sized medal and have the title of “M edal”. The Silver M edal of Valor was approved in 1957 and the medals for the Bronze M edal and Distinguished Service M edal were authorized in 1960. The other miniature medals did not appear until 1969 when the mess dress uniform was authorized. It is interesting to note that the miniature medals did not display the same pictures, curves and features as the manufacturer was unable to recreate them. In 1982, the ribbons lost their pictures, curves and features in favor of a straight lines, bars and stripes, giving them a more military appearance. In fact, the ribbons conformed to the original design of the miniature medals. With a few exceptions, all CAP medals are round. There are no special planchet designs such as crosses, stars, etc. This is because military tradition states that the special planchets are awarded for achievement or valor in combat. Round medals are awarded for Humanitarian Service, Campaigns, Conduct, or Service. The CAP’s charter states that it is a non-combat organization and performs Humanitarian and Training Services.

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In 2005, CAP Cadets were authorized to participate in the National Rifle Association’s Junior M arksmanship Program. M edals are awarded based on the score in accordance with NRA requirements and the medals are NRA medals. Expert: Gold and Blue Sharpshooter: Gold Pro-M arksman: Bronze M arksman: Silver Currently, cadets may wear one medal centered directly below the ribbons. On male shirts, the medal is worn on the pocket flap and on the service coat; it is worn on the pocket welt. These medals are authorized for the service uniforms only.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM BUTTONS

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CIVIL AIR PATROL MISCELLANEOUS INSIGNIA

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CIVIL AIR PATROL SYMBOLS

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CIVIL AIR PATROL FLAGS, AIRCRAFT AND VEHICLE MARKINGS

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CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA THE SECOND TEN YEARS 1952 - 1961 Col. Louisa Morse, CAP Civil Air Patrol Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB, AL. 1982 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA THE PAST TWENTY-TWO YEARS 1962 - 1983 Col. Louisa Morse, CAP Civil Air Patrol Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB, AL. 1982 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA THE FIRST TEN YEARS 1941 - 1951 Col. Louisa Morse, CAP Civil Air Patrol Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB, AL. 1982 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB., AL. 1983 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB., AL. 1991 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB., AL. 1997 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB., AL. 2005

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NAVAL, MARINE, AND AIR FORCE UNIFORMS OF WORLD WAR II Andrew Mollo & Malcom McGregor MacMillan Publishing Co. – New York 1975 OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF CIVIL AIR PATROL VEHICLES CAPR 77-1 National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB, AL. 2008 THE COLLECTOR’S CATALOG OF CIVIL AIR PATROL INSIGNIA Maj. Lee Regan, CAP Civil Air Patrol National Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB, AL. 1986 U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE: 2 (ELITE 51) Gordon Rottman & Francis Chin Osprey Publishing - London 1994

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