a. Organizational flash.
(1) Description. A shield-shaped embroidered patch, with a semicircular bottom, approximately 21â4 inches long and 17â8 inches wide.
(2) Approval authority. The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army, approves the color selection or color combination of the flash for each organization. The flash is provided without cost to enlisted personnel.
(3) How worn. The flash is sewn centered on the stiffener of the beret (see figs 28â11 and 28â12).
(4) By whom worn. Personnel authorized to wear the maroon, tan, or green berets wear their distinctive organiza- tional flash. All other soldiers wear the Army flash on the black beret, unless authorization for another flash was granted before the implementation of the black beret as the standard Army headgear (see para 3â5a(3)(c)).
b. Airborne background trimming.
(1) Description. An oval-shaped embroidered device in distinctive colors, 13â8 inches in height and 21â4 inches in width.
(2) Approval authority. Subject to the approval of The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army, a background trimming is authorized for organizations designated (by structure, equipment, and mission) âAirborneâ or âAir Assaultâ by HQDA. Qualified personnel are authorized to wear the background trimming with the Parachutist or Air Assault badges. Personnel wear only one background trimming at a time. Appropriated funds are used to provide enlisted personnel with the background trimming without cost. If appropriated funds are not available, units may purchase background trimming with non-appropriated funds.
(3) How worn.
(a) Personnel wear the background trimming beneath any of the authorized parachutist or air assault badges on the Army green coat and AG 415 shirt. The basic portion of the badge is centered on the background trimming; however, the wreath and star on the Master and Senior Parachutist badges project slightly above the background trimming. On the AG 415 shirt when ribbons are worn, all personnel wear the trimming so the bottom edge of the trimming is 1â4 inch above the ribbons. When ribbons are not worn, males wear the trimming 1â4 inch above the pocket seam, and females wear the trimming in a comparable position.
(b) On the green uniform coat, males wear the background trimming and applicable badge on the pocket flap so the space between the seam of the pocket flap and the top of the background trimming, wreath, or star is 1â8 inch (see fig 28â174). Females wear the trimming and applicable badge on the green coat and the maternity uniform tunic so the bottom edge of the background trimming is 1â4 inch above the ribbons (see fig 28â175). When worn below the ribbons, the top of the background trimming is 1â4 inch below the bottom ribbon row.
(4) By whom worn. All personnel of an organization authorized a background trimming, and who were awarded one of the parachutist or air assault badges.
c. Cord, shoulder, marksmanship.
(1) Description. A blue cord, 3/16 inch in diameter, bearing a band composed of serrated markings at 9/16-inch intervals. Each marking consists of 1/16-inch white, 1/16-inch red, and 1/16-inch white markings. The overall length of the shoulder cord will not exceed 52 inches (includes double cord).
(2) By whom worn. All personnel assigned to the U.S. Army marksmanship unit, subordinate marksmanship training units, and the ARNG marksmanship training unit. The shoulder cord is issued at no cost to the individual. (3) How worn. The shoulder cord is worn on the right shoulder of the Army green uniform coats and the AG 415 shirt, when it is worn as an outer garment. The cord is passed under the arm and over the right shoulder under the
shoulder loops, and secured to the button on the shoulder loop.
(4) When worn. Personnel wear the marksmanship cord during the period of assignment to the U.S. Army
marksmanship unit, one of the marksmanship training units, or the ARNG marksmanship training unit. Personnel who are transferred from these units are not authorized to wear the shoulder cord. Personnel in an attached or TDY status with these units, or the State small arms readiness training (SMART) teams, are not authorized to wear the shoulder cord.
a. Organizational flash.