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    Question Shoulder Cords

    Are infantrymen the only ones authorized the shoulder cords? I think they look badass on the Class A's.

    I did a little research and came across this on yahoo answers and wanted to verify it with you guys:

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    So far, only the light blue Infantry braid is authorized on the right shoulder.
    The French fourragere is authorized to wear on the left shoulder for some units, like the 82nd.

    Shoulder braids for non infantry are often only authorized for those who are given permission, like a color guard volunteer.

    Infantry is currently the only authorized cord. However, a few units will allow non infantry personnel to wear their unique cords (red for artillery, gold for cavalry, etc)
    IF they are ASSIGNED to an infantry unit.

    Therefore, it looks like the only way you can wear that crimson and yellow ordinance shoulder cord is if:
    1. You volunteer for the Honor Guard or Color Guard in your unit.
    2. You are assigned to an Infantry company that allows non 11 series MOS's to wear their cords so the entire unit wears a cord.

    If you want to spice up your uniform, go to Jump School, and request the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg. Your beret will be maroon, you will wear jump boots with your class A uniform with your pants tucked inside the boots, your jump wings will have your battalion's colors behind it, and you will wear the green and red French Fourragere shoulder cord.

    The Army shoulder cords for each MOS were an experiment back in the 1970s.
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    AR 670-1 Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia
    http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r670…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    If you want to spice up your uniform, go to Jump School, and request the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg. Your beret will be maroon, you will wear jump boots with your class A uniform with your pants tucked inside the boots, your jump wings will have your battalion's colors behind it, and you will wear the green and red French Fourragere shoulder cord.
    I think that's essentially correct. That describes the Class As that I wore. I lot of stuff to keep clean & looking sharp. Maybe too much.
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    You are correct - only Infantry Soldiers wear a branch shoulder cord, along with plastic discs behind their collar discs identifying their branch - and then (with few exceptions) only while serving as infantrymen. As has been noted, however, local commanders can specify deviations from the reg and commonly do so for honor guards and similar.

    Excellent post you found there. Soldiers assigned to the Army Marksmanship unit also wear an identifying shoulder cord (Blue, with smaller red and white bands), and Soldiers designated as Army attachés, assistant Army attachés, and aides wear a gold cord called an Aiguillette.

    There are 3 unit awards that are worn as shoulder cords on the left shoulder - the French fourragère (red and green), the Belgian fourragère (green and yellow) and the Netherlands orange lanyard. Additionally, the German Marksmanship Badge (Schützenschnur) is awarded with a cord which is looped and attached to the lapel of the coat - though it may only be worn by enlisted Soldiers.

    Here's an example of the Schützenschnur along with the Infantry distinctive items being worn on the 'old style' Dress Blue uniform (not mine!). The new ASU will be almost identical with the addition of Distinctive unit insidnia on the shoulder loops and the CSIB metal 'Combat Patch' worn on the pocket.

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