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Civil Air Patrol Uniform Insignia Since 1941, 4th Edition

Civil Air Patrol Uniform Insignia Since 1941, 4th Edition

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Published by Preston B. Perrenot
This book covers the history of the grade insignia worn by officers, enlisted personnel and cadets of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary), uniform change to uniform change since its founding in 1941.

The text describes the changes and innovations throughout history and is supported by beautifully detailed color plates of the insignia.

Covered are Grade Insignia, Aeronautical Rating badges, Specialty Badges, Collar Insignia, Hat Badges, Identification Insignia, Region and Wing Patches, Awards and Decorations, Buttons and much more.

Also included are CAP Symbols, Flags as well as Aircraft and Vehicle Markings.

This is the Fourth Edition and is current up to the last uniform change in November of 2011.
This book covers the history of the grade insignia worn by officers, enlisted personnel and cadets of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary), uniform change to uniform change since its founding in 1941.

The text describes the changes and innovations throughout history and is supported by beautifully detailed color plates of the insignia.

Covered are Grade Insignia, Aeronautical Rating badges, Specialty Badges, Collar Insignia, Hat Badges, Identification Insignia, Region and Wing Patches, Awards and Decorations, Buttons and much more.

Also included are CAP Symbols, Flags as well as Aircraft and Vehicle Markings.

This is the Fourth Edition and is current up to the last uniform change in November of 2011.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM INSIGNIA SINCE 1941

FOURTH EDITION 2011

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, Lt. Col. Philip Saleet and Lt. Col. Doris North, CAP for their invaluable advice and corrections. And as always, thanks to my wife Sandra for putting up with the CAP and me for the last twenty-four years. REVISIONS SINCE SECOND EDITION 1) 2) 3) 4) Addition of new Illinois Wing Patch Addition of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course Patch Addition of Civil Air Patrol Engineering academy Patch Addition of U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Academy Familiarization Course Patch

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................................................................................................91 CIVIL AIR PATROL WING AND REGION PATCHES .....................................................................87 CIVIL AIR PATROL HAT BADGES ...............71 CIVIL AIR PATROL SPECIALTY AND QUALIFICATION BADGES ..........................................................................................................74 CIVIL AIR PATROL COLLAR INSIGNIA...........................115 CIVIL AIR PATROL MISCELLANEOUS INSIGNIA ........................................................................................................................95 CIVIL AIR PATROL AWARDS AND DECORATIONS.....126 SOURCES ...105 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM BUTTONS .............137 ............. AIRCRAFT AND V EHICL E MARKINGS ......................................................117 CIVIL AIR PATROL SYMBOLS ...........28 CIVIL AIR PATROL CADET OFFICERS .....................................................................................................5 CIVIL AIR PATROL ENLIST ED PERSONNEL .............121 CIVIL AIR PATROL FLAGS...........................................................89 CIVIL AIR PATROL IDENT IFICATION INSIGNIA..................................................42 CIVIL AIR PATROL CADET ENLIST ED PERSONNEL ..................................................55 CIVIL AIR PATROL AERONAUTICAL RATING BADGES ....................Contents CIVIL AIR PATROL OFFICERS......

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

A.A. grade of Warrant Officer. collar insignia on the left collar C.A. approved the air force blue and khaki service uniforms as an option. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1969 – 1977 The grade of Brigadier General was added. C.A. grade of Chief Warrant Officer and the U.A.A.” - - C.P.A. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1965 – 1969 The khaki service shirt uniform was replaced by the light blue shirt.A.P.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1944 – 1946 Grade of Lieutenant Colonel added. C. C. members were allowed to wear the WWII army type uniform until 1956. M ajor.A. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1951 – 1965 In 1951.A.A.P.P.S.A.S. officers wore metal military grade insignia on the shoulder straps of the blue service coat. C. - . collar insignia on the left collar. Officers now wore the same uniforms as the U. Chief Warrant Officer 4 for the C.S. The Civil Air Patrol only had two grades of Warrant Officer and adopted the grade insignia of the U. Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel wore a 1/8” silver stripe at the bottom of the epaulet.C. Army with C. buttons and insignia. Officers continued to wear the miniature grade insignia on the right collar and the C.A.P. The collar insignia was changed to the metal silver letters “C. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1946 – 1951 Grade of Colonel added.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.A.P. General officers wore a ¼” silver stripe at the bottom of the epaulet and a 1/8” silver stripe at the top.P. On the shirts.F.A. grade insignia of Warrant Officer 1 for the C. C.A.P.F.P.P. The red shoulder straps and trim were eliminated.A. On the khaki service shirt. officers removed the grade insignia from the shoulder straps.P. the C.P. Grade was now worn on the right collar of the shirt with the winged propeller insignia on the left collar.P. officers wore miniature (2/3 size) versions of the metal grade insignia on the right collar and a silver C.P. C.A.

Flight Officers wear one to three ¼” silver stripes on the epaulet and. Distinctive Uniform Combination).A. The gray epaulets are worn on the U.F.A.A. regulation blue officer’s epaulets on the white shirt.A. C. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1990 – 1992 The grade of M ajor General was added to the structure but removed in 1992.P. the blue epaulets were removed from the white Corporate Service Shirt and the metal grade insignia was removed from the Corporate Service Coat. C. C. for the remaining life of the uniform.S. and the white aviator shirt (C.A. On the U. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA S INCE 2005 . C. C.P. on the Corporate Service coat.P.S.S.A.A. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1984 – 1990 The warrant officer grades were replaced by the Flight Officer grades.P. C.C.A. style uniform coat and light blue shirt.F.P.A. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 1995 – 2003 The maroon epaulets were replaced with gray epaulets. .2005 The rank of M ajor General was re-established.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.A.F. Both were replaced by the CAP gray epaulets. However. the light blue service shirts.A.P.A. epaulets. 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.P. OFFIC ER GRAD E INS IGNIA 2003 . a metal blue bar with one to three silver stripes on it.P. officers wear gray embroidered C.P. Officers wear the metal grade insignia pinned to the shoulder straps on the coat and U. style blue service coat. 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.

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also replaced both its Olive Green rank insignia and collar insignia with the Ultramarine Blue.P officers wear ½” wide air force blue stripes.P. This grade insignia was worn on the obsolete C.A. start using the plastic encased grade insignia for the flight suits. The Battledress Gortex Parka was approved for the C. the air force replaced the black and white mess dress uniforms with a year-round air force blue mess dress uniform. blue flight suit. followed suit. These insignia were embroidered in white or yellow. While air force officers wore the grade insignia on both collars.A. Grade insignia is displayed on hard shoulder boards in the form of gold or silver bullion wire grade insignia devices. Officers wore white jackets in the summer over black trousers or a skirt and a black jacket in the winter. blue jumpsuits and is still worn on the Battledress Uniform and the C.P.A.A. officially adopted the USAF O.A.P.A.A. in 1969 and copied the USAF M ess Dress Uniform at the time. on an Olive Green cloth background.P. 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. On the black jacket. The C. general officers replaced the Ultramarine blue ¼” stripes with air force blue ¼” stripes. Green fatigue uniform in 1969 and began wearing the same cloth collar rank insignia as air force officers. Blue Field Uniform. C. The 1970s also saw the C. C.P.P. The C.A.A. officers replaced the silver lace stripes with Ultramarine Blue lace stripes.A. insignia on the left collar. These insignia are full size reproductions of the metal grade insignia but made of plastic and encased in clear plastic.P. the same size as the metal grade insignia.A. USAF officers wore a silver ½” stripe on the cuffs and a white ½ stripe on the cuffs of the white jacket.G.P. CAP general officers wore the same shoulder board but with two ¼” wide Ultramarine blue stripes on the board. the air force began replacing the Olive Green backed cloth grade insignia with Ultramarine blue backed cloth grade insignia. officers have removed the cloth collar insignia and wear the grade insignia on both collars. These insignia are worn sewn to the shoulders of both the air force sage green and C. officers wore ½” Ultramarine Blue stripes on both the black and white jackets. Air Force general officers wore a silver lace covered shoulder with the rank stars outline in black.P. the C. In the early 1970s. Air Force officers wore black epaulets with silver ½” silver lace stripes on both black and white jackets.P. cipher embroidered on them.A.P. Air Force officers wear silver ½” lace stripes on the sleeves and blue shoulder boards while C. Today.P.P. In 2004.A. .A. and an embroidered white on Olive Green C.PLATE COMMENTS The M ess Dress Uniform was first authorized for the C. In the early 1980s. C.A.A. C. 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. officers wore the grade on the right collar.A.P. The rank sleeves are ultramarine blue cloth with the grade and C. C. and in 1984. These insignia were also made with a Sage Green background and were worn on the shoulders of the air force green flight suit. The insignia were then sewn onto the collars of the fatigue shirts or the shoulder straps of field jackets.P.P.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL ENLISTED PERSONNEL .

. Army chevrons. they opted for silver on blue versions of . the C. 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. adopted the air force blue and khaki service uniforms but members were allowed to wear the WWII style uniform until 1956.P.P. did not use the U. enlisted personnel were ordered to wear U. The C.A.P.F.A.S. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1942 – 1944 The Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1 st.A. Instead. 1941.P.P. C. Army regulation khaki chevrons on a red background. The first uniform regulations that actually went into effect were published in early 1942. It is interesting to note that these khaki shirt chevrons were in wide use by the army but were never officially approved. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1951 – 1956 The C.A. C. The United States Air Force was created in 1947 and the C.P. personnel were to wear the same uniform as the U.A.A.S.P.A. - C. did officially approve them. enlisted rank insignia initially. The C.A. moved the grade of First Sergeant into the top grade and added a third arc to the insignia.A. however. became it’s official auxiliary.S.P.PLATE COMMENTS C.S.P.P.A. The chevrons worn on the upper sleeves of the khaki service shirt were a darker shade of khaki on a khaki background. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1944 – 1951 The C. eliminated the red distinctions and began wearing the U.. however. Conforming to changes to the army rank structure. buttons.A.A. The chevrons for the upper sleeves of the Dark Olive Brown Service Coat were khaki on dark blue. Army Air Corps with red shoulder straps and silver C.P.P.A.

A. C. chevrons.A. regardless of their prior service.P.A. - .S. 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.P.A.A. They also continued to use the army titles.P.S. The C. Army “Golden-Lite” chevrons for wear on the upper sleeves of the blue service coat and khaki service shirt. 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. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1972 – 1985 C.F. substituting the title of Airman with Senior M ember. C. No embroidered enlisted epaulets were produced for the C. introduced the blue service epaulets for the light blue service shirt uniform.A.A.P. Enlisted Grades were abolished from the structure.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. so enlisted personnel wore blue epaulets with C.P. enlisted personnel.F.S.F. commission.A.P. enlisted personnel adopted the “gull wing and Hap Arnold Star” rank insignia worn by the U.the 2 ½” wide U.S.A.P. metal and enamel collar rank insignia pinned on them.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1956 – 1960 C. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1960 – 1961 The grades of Chief M aster Sergeant and Senior M aster Sergeant were added.A.A. C. enlisted personnel wore the U.A.P.A. On these epaulets.A.P. C. embroidered in sliver on them. 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.P. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1985 – 1992 The C.A.P.

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. The epaulets of M aster Sergeant. gray rank epaulets on the shirt and service coat in lieu of the sleeve chevrons. C. the C. Senior M aster Sergeant.A.A.P.P.A. 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. 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. NCOs do not use the First Sergeant or Command M aster Chief designators.P.P. C. Female enlisted personnel wear the 3 ½” wide chevrons on both the coat and shirts. epaulet. has a Chief M aster Sergeant of the CAP. bur no specific insignia has been designated.P. Enlisted personnel had the option of wearing the epaulets or sleeve chevrons on both the service coat and the service shirt.P. The grades below Staff Sergeant were eliminted from the structure NCOs have the option of wearing C. 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. - - .A. ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1992 – 1995 The blue service epaulets were replaced by maroon epaulets.A. Currently.A. C.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL CADET OFFICERS

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. The grades of Cadet Colonel and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel were temporary grades and bestowed upon the Commander and Vice Commander of a Cadet Encampment only while serviing in that capacity.

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

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All initiatives.A. cadets only used the grades of Cadet Private.A. The cadet rank chevrons were gold. became it’s official auxiliary. Army chevrons. Cadets wore either the khaki on dark blue chevrons or the khaki summer service chevrons on the upper sleeves of the shirt.A. Army Air Corps.P. World War II ended and the CAP’s future was in question.S.S. 1941. FLIGHT LEADER CORPORAL ASSISTANT FLIGHT LEADER. SUPPLY SERGEANT. TABLE OF ORGAN IZATION 1942 – CADETS GRADE POS ITION FIRST SERGEANT CADET COMMANDER SERGEANT ADJUTANT. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1944 – 1949 The C. Very few units. Conforming to changes to the army rank structure. if any. These patches were 1 ½” X 1 ¾” black with a gold border. In 1945. - . INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT.A. SECTION LEADER PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ASSISTANT SECTION LEADER PRIVATE ALL OTHER CADETS - CADET CADET CADET CADET CADET C.PLATE COMMENTS C.A. the CAP redesigned the cadet enlisted grade insignia to mirror the specialty patches used by the U. TRAINING SERGEANT. Cadet Sergeant and Cadet First Sergeant.P. Cadets wore distinctive insignia that identified them as cadets and wore only the shirt sleeve uniform with red epaulets. eliminated the red distinctions and cadets began wearing the U.S. such as the mass production of new insignia. however. CAD ET ENLIS TED GRAD E INS IGNIA 1942 – 1944 The Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1 st. Cadets wore the same khaki on red chevrons as the senior member enlisted personnel. Army chevrons until 1949. In 1946. were put on hold. Cadet Private First Class. Cadet Corporal. The first uniform regulations that actually went into effect were published in early 1942. The United States Air Force was created in 1947 and the C. had the opportunity to switch to these new grade insignia so they continued wearing the U. the CAP moved the grade of First Sergeant into the top grade and added a third arc to the insignia.P.P. C.P. COMM UNICATIONS SERGEANT.

F.P. C.A. C.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.P.P.A.A.S. fatigue uniform shirts/BDU shirts.A. 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. Cadet Technical Sergeant.P.P.A. and on the right upper lapels of the service coat. 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. and Cadet Staff Sergeant.A. They were sewn onto the upper sleeves of the shirt and the coats which had been approved for enlisted cadets. collar . 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.A.P. C. 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. The C. Green fatigue uniform was approved in 1969 and cadet wore these chevrons on the upper sleeves of the shirt.C. 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.A. chevrons. 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.

collar insignia on both collars and lapels. The pin-on diamond is still used to designate a First Sergeant below the rank of Cadet M aster Sergeant. the insignia have a silver diamond in the center.A. Cadets with grade now wear the grade insignia on both collars and upper lapels. To designate a First Sergeant. a small metal and enamel blue and silver diamond was pinned above the grade insignia.insignia was worn on the left. 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.A. - .P. To designate a First Sergeant. Cadet Airman Basics continue to wear the C. C. Cadet Sergeant became Cadet Senior Airman.P. 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.

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A.A.A. The rank sleeves are ultramarine blue cloth with the grade and C. C. .PLATE COMMENTS The Battledress Gortex Parka was approved for the C.P. NCOs and cadet enlisted personnel were sleeves with the C. cipher embroidered on them for cadet officers.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.P. cipher embroidered on them and the metal and enamel collar insignia pinned to them.P.A.

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

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TECHNICIAN) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (MASTER. SENIOR. TECHNICIA N) CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR (MASTER. TECHNICIAN) FORM METAL AND ENAMEL HOW WORN BADGE: Centered above the left pocket or top row of ribbons. SENIOR. TECHNICIA N) DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION (MASTER. TECHNICIAN) NATIONAL STAFF COLLEGE BADGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MASTER. 4th BADGE: Worn centered on the right pocket or 2” below the nametag. TECHNICIAN) COMMUNICATIONS (MASTER. under the aeronautical badge 2ND BADGE: Worn centered on the left pocket or 2” below the bottom row of ribbons. SENIOR. TECHNICIAN CADET PROGRAM (MASTER. TECHNICIA N) RECRUITING (MASTER. SENIOR. TECHNICIAN) PUBLIC AFFAIRS (MASTER. Service and dress uniforms only. TECHNICIAN) FINANCE (MASTER. 3rd BADGE: Worn centered ½” above the nametag on the right side. TECHNICIAN) INSPECTOR (MASTER. TECHNICIAN MORAL LEADERSHIP OFFICER (MASTER. TECHNICIA N) AEROSPACE EDUCATION (MASTER. TECHNICIAN LOGISTICS (MASTER SENIOR. TECHNICIAN) OPERATIONS (MASTER. TECHNICIAN) PERSONNEL (MASTER. TECHNICIAN) SAFETY (MASTER. TECHNICIAN) HISTORIAN (MASTER.PLATE COMMENTS S PECIALTY BADGES BADGE ADMINSISTRATION (MASTER. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. 1ST . TECHNICIAN) EMERGENCY SERVICES (MASTER. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR. SENIOR.

S.S PECIALTY BADGES 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.) 1942 – 1951: Worn sewn onto the lower right sleeve of shirts and coats. They changed to white on Ultramarine Blue when the CAP changed to the Air Force Style uniforms. 1951 .1954: Worn sewn onto the lower right sleeve of coats. Army style uniform of WWII. .

centered above the top row of ribbons AND/OR aeronautical/specialty insignia. CLOTH: Worn on fatigue uniforms. ½” above the CAP ID tape on the left side.S PECIALTY INS IGNIA BADGE GROUND TEAM (MASTER. centered on the left pocket or 2” below the bottom row of ribbons. Metal: Worn on service and dress uniforms. centered on the left pocket. under the aeronautical badge. SENIOR. Metal: Worn on service and dress uniforms. The commander badges are worn above the nametag on the right side. BASIC) INCIDENT COMMANDER (MASTER. BASIC) *No cloth insignia LEGAL OFFICER MEDICAL OFFICER 1955 PRESENT NURSE OFFICER 1955 PRESENT EMERGENCY MEDICAL (PARAMEDIC. The commander badges are worn above the nametape on the right side. EMT II. CLOTH: Worn on fatigue uniforms. centered above the left pocket or top row of ribbons. Metal: Worn on service and dress uniforms. Worn on the lower coat lapels CHAPLAIN (CHRISTIAN & JEWISH) 1955 – PRESENT METAL AND CLOTH CHAPLAIN (CHRISTIAN & JEWISH) & MEDICAL OFFICER 1955 – PRESENT Metal . EMT I) COMMANDER (GROUP OR SQUADRON) NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER. SENIOR. NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND MODEL ROCKETRY. centered above the top row of ribbons AND/OR aeronautical/specialty insignia. (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.

R.P. Sewn centered on the left pock et Fatigue Uniforms and Flight Suits Only: Centered on left breast pocket . GUARD 1942 .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. MANAGEMENT COURSE PATCH CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT COURSE PATCH ARCHER AIRCREW PATCH USAF CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY FAMILIARIZATION COURSE PATCH CIVIL AIR PATROL ENGINEERING ACADEMY PATCH FORM CLOTH HOW WORN Unknown Sewn onto the lower left sleeve.A.P.1945 PARACHUTE SQUADRON PATCH 1942-1946 AVIATION CADET PATCH 1943-1946 C.A.BADGE C.A. ENCAMPMENT PATCH 1949-1951 AERIAL RDIOLOGICAL MONITOR PATCH PILOT PROFICIENCY PATCH NATIONAL EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TRAINING PATCHES 1976 .

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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.

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CIVIL AIR PATROL COLLAR INSIGNIA .

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CIVIL AIR PATROL WING AND REGION PATCHES .

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

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CIVIL AIR PATROL AWARDS AND DECORATIONS .

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

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

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CIVIL AIR PATROL FLAGS. AIRCRAFT AND VEHICLE MARKINGS .

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2005 CIVIL AIR PATROL SEAL.1951 Col. AL. 2003 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA THE FIRST TEN YEARS 1941 . EMBLEM. AL. 1975 CIVIL AIR PATROL AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT CAPR 66-1 National Headquarters..SOURCES TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: AMERICAN BADGES AND INSIGNIA Evans E. CAP Civil Air Patrol Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB.London 1976 CADET HANDBOOK (CAPM 50-2) National Headquarters. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. AL. Kerrigan The Viking Press – New York 1967 BADGES AND INSIGNIA OF WORLD WAR II AIR FORCENAVAL-MARINE Guido Rosignoli Blandford Press . FLAGS AND ETTIQUETTE CAPR 900-2 National Headquarters. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. 1982 . Louisa Morse. AL.

1961 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters. Louisa Morse. 1983 . CAP Civil Air Patrol Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB.. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. AL. AL. AL. Louisa Morse.. 1982 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA THE FIRST TEN YEARS 1941 . 1970 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters. Louisa Morse.1983 Col. AL. AL.1961 Col. 1982 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA THE PAST TWENTY-TWO YEARS 1962 .. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. AL. CAP Civil Air Patrol Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB.TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA THE SECOND TEN YEARS 1952 . 1977 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB.. AL.1951 Col. CAP Civil Air Patrol Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB. 1982 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters.

Len Blascovich. 9 Col. AL. Len Blascovich. AL. CAP CAP National Historical Committee 2003 HISTORICAL NOTES No.. AL.. CAP CAP National Historical Committee 1990 HISTORICAL NOTES No. CAP CAP National Historical Committee 1996 . 2a Col. 2005 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM REGULATIONS National Headquarters. AL.. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. United States Air Force 2007 HISTORICAL NOTES No. 1951 DRESS AND APPEARANCE OF AIR FORCE PERSONNEL AFI 362903 HQ AFPC/DPSOOC HQ. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB.TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. 1991 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. 14d Col. Len Blascovich.. 1997 CIVIL AIR PATROL UNIFORM MANUAL CAPM 39-1 National Headquarters.

National Graphic Society – Washington D.TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: TITLE: AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: YEAR: HISTORICAL NOTES No. 19 Col. CAP Civil Air Patrol National Historical Committee – Maxwell AFB. Du Bois. Hildebrand. Elizabeth W. ARMY AIR FORCE: 2 (ELITE 51) Gordon Rottman & Francis Chin Osprey Publishing . Lee Regan. Civil Air Patrol – Maxwell AFB. Len Blascovich.R.C. 1986 U. CAP CAP National Historical Committee 2003 HISTORICAL NOTES NO. AL. ARMED FORCES Gilbert Grosvenor. – New York 1975 OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF CIVIL AIR PATROL VEHICLES CAPR 77-1 National Headquarters. 1944 NAVAL. 21 Col. La Verne Bradley. 25 Col. Ewin. King. Len Blascovich.S. CAP CAP National Historical Committee 2002 INSIGNIA AND DECORATIONS OF THE U. AL. etc. Gerard Hubbard. Arthur E. AND AIR FORCE UNIFORMS OF WORLD WAR II Andrew Mollo & Malcom McGregor MacMillan Publishing Co. J.S. Robert D. MARINE.London 1994 . 2008 THE COLLECTOR’S CATALOG OF CIVIL AIR PATROL INSIGNIA Maj. Len Blascovich. CAP CAP National Historical Committee 1996 HISTORICAL NOTES NO.

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