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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11660 posts, RR: 15
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

What is the significance of the stripes on the upper left chest of officers? I do not know what they are called, so I can't even Google it!


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1649 times:



Quoting Seb146 (Thread starter):
What is the significance of the stripes on the upper left chest of officers?

Which branch? Which country?


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

Christmas decorations.  duck 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribbon_bar


User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1641 times:
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Try this page ... http://kepler.pratt.duke.edu/USNRibbons.html


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

Ribbons - why didn't I think of that?


Well, if in fact Seb146 was talking about ribbons, they are also worn by enlisted personnel as well.


User currently onlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

Ribbons- They are awards or decorations earned during military service some are signifying doing a tour is say (SE Asia or the middle east, Bosnia etc..) Other ribbons that are awards could be for meritorious service or exemplerary service in the line of duty (Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Commedation or Achievement medals etc..), and others for say combat action risking your life for others. The ribbons can be medals as well because medals are usually worn on a dress of formal uniform most servicemembers don't wear dress uniforms that much unless your in a high visibilty job where a dress uniform is required. Some ribbons don't have any significance on your career (Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert ribbons, sea service, Unit comendations etc..), and others are worth points towards future promotions in rank.

In short Ribbons tell a story about where you been what you have done or achieved militarly.


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

In the UK forces, the ribbons (or 'bars' as they're know) are worn on formal uniforms by personnel who've got medals, such as operational medals (Iraq, Afghanistan and the General service medal for Northern Ireland and other places), gallantry medals (Victoria cross, George cross etc), Long service medals, exemplary service medals and so on.

Basically worn because it's impractical to wear full medals unless it's a special occasion. Indeed, most uniforms do not include the wearing of medals or bars and so you'll only see the most formal uniforms (No1 and No 2 dress) with them on and even then, our forces aren't too keen on dishing out medals, so even the most senior and experienced officers and NCOs may only have a hand full of medals to their name.

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1543 times:



Quoting Seb146 (Thread starter):
What is the significance of the stripes on the upper left chest of officers? I do not know what they are called, so I can't even Google it!

What country?

What branch of Service?

Here's a link that might help as far as the US Military Service Branches:

http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Awards/Ribbons/OrderofPrecedence.htm





Mine (not including Skill Qualification Badges or Presidential Unit Citations):

Legion Of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters and 1 "V" Device*
Army Commendation Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters**
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Clusters and “M” Device
Good Conduct Medal with 8 Knots
Kuwait Liberation Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3***
NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4****
Army Service Ribbon
Drill Sergeant Identification Badge
Alaska Legion of Merit
Alaska Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Alaska Community Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
North Carolina Meritorious Service Medal
Louisiana Meritorious Service Medal
Georgia Commendation Medal
*"V" Device = Valor in Combat
**Oak Leaf Cluster=each Oak Leaf Cluster indicates an additional award of the same medal. So 3 Oak Leaf Clusters means a person has 4 of that medal.
****Successive Numerals=A Skill Level. A Level of 4 is the Highest.
***Overseas Tours=Each numeral represents an additional overseas tour.

Quoting Toast (Reply 2):
Christmas decorations.  duck 

 irked   wink 


User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

The Salad Board.

It's a quick way of determining which people you have to salute actually know what the frak they are talking about.


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11660 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1518 times:



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 5):
Ribbons- They are awards or decorations earned during military service some are signifying doing a tour is say (SE Asia or the middle east, Bosnia etc..)

Yes. That is exactly it! Thank you all. I see ribbons as bumper stickers mostly for Marines. I never knew what they were or what they signified. Thank you. I knew ANCFlyer would be in here too!



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User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1509 times:

The two most common bumper sticker ribbons are:

The Purple Heart:


And the Vietnam Service Medal:


If you ever see this next one, the driver of the car is either a true American Hero (earned it) or a scum bag (wants you to think he earned it).


User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1495 times:

You mean this:



User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14027 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1483 times:

the one gong I have (for ten years voluntary service in a heavy rescue engineering unit of the German civil defense, I quit after 20 years and didn't make it for the next medal at 25 years service), came in three versions:
The big medal, which was pinned on my dress uniform during the ceremony (but afterwards only to be worn e.g. with a tail coat), a ribbon version for a medal bar for regular use with the dress uniform and a pin to be worn in the lapel buttonhole of a business suit. All together came in one box (which I have in my desk drawer, I only wear the pin in my good suit).

We didn't wear medals on our regular working uniform, just trade badges (for specialist training, e.g. for me demolitions, others had paramedic, truck driver, NBC specialist, signaller etc.) on the left sleeve and a badge of rank on the chest and helmet.

Jan


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1475 times:



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 12):
We didn't wear medals on our regular working uniform, just trade badges

Same way with the US uniformed services. Work uniforms (utilities, flight suits, etc) only name, branch, rank, and occupational badges. Service uniforms (akin to civilian business suit and tie) would include the ribbons, but not medals. Medals would be worn on the Mess Dress uniform (akin to a tuxedo).


User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14027 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1465 times:

Our dress uniform equals your Class A uniform (smart with tie), we don't have anything like mess dress uniforms.

Jan


User currently onlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1453 times:



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 14):
Our dress uniform equals your Class A uniform (smart with tie),

Thats cool

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 14):
we don't have anything like mess dress uniforms.

Jan

The Mess dress are not part of our uniform issue/seabag at least in the Navy.

It's used for Dining Outs, Formals, Enlisted Balls etc... Its a very sharp uniform and you don't wear a cover(hat) with it.

The people who usually have those uniforms like going to formals and do so willingly, although a lot more offcers especially high ranking ones go to formals more so than enlisted. But yeah the coat I believe was about $400.00 last I checked.

However I have been to several formals and you can wear you're Full Dress or Class A"s with medals instead which is what I have done if you dont have the Mess dress (becuase Its not required to have the Mess Dress).


User currently onlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1449 times:



Quoting Seb146 (Thread starter):
What is the significance of the stripes on the upper left chest of officers? I do not know what they are called, so I can't even Google it!

One clarification because the Title says "Military Stripes" It seems like were talking about Stripes on the sleeve by the title alone. Which depending on what they're wearing enlisted has Stripes on the sleeves and Officers metal or embroidered collar devices instead of .


User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1431 times:



Quoting MDorBust (Reply 10):
or a scum bag (wants you to think he earned it).

I've never come across this yet personally, but the time I do is the time someones going to get their ass handed to them. Considering that the next living recipient is from Vietnam, if you ever see someone younger that says they were awarded it, they're full of shit. Nothing gets to me more than people who claim false military service and medals, ribbons, etc. There are a number of websites out there that "out" people that do that. Disgusting.


User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14027 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1428 times:



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 15):

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 14):
Our dress uniform equals your Class A uniform (smart with tie),

Thats cool

I don't mean that it is a copy of the US Army Class A uniform, just that, similar to it, it consists of black polished shoes, creased trousers, white shirt, neck tie and a smart jacket, plus a peaked hat (which nobody likes to wear because it looks silly).

Actually I prefered our working uniform of the 1970s to 1990s. It was strong, utilitarian and comfortable.
(Can you believe it, I can't find any pictures of the old uniform on the net, just the modern one!  gnasher  Wink

Jan


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1388 times:



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 15):
Enlisted Balls

Ouch. Sounds painful. Does ointment help ?


User currently offlineGunships From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 574 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

Quoting Lobster (Reply 17):
Considering that the next living recipient is from Vietnam

The Medal of Honor has been awarded for actions in Afghanistan and Somalia, both post-Vietnam era.

Edit: The Medal was awarded posthumously in these instances. I stand corrected.

[Edited 2007-12-05 15:27:41]

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1359 times:



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 16):
Which depending on what they're wearing enlisted has Stripes on the sleeves and Officers metal or embroidered collar devices instead of .

Aren't those sleeve stripes an indicator of how many years an enlisted person has spent in the military? No idea about the sleeve stripes in the Army, which it seems are also worn by officers, but what about those who are enlisted in the Navy and Marines?

BTW: I believe we don't have any such sleeve stripes in the Bundeswehr, except in the Navy but only because they're the usual naval officer's rank insignia and maybe something similar as Midshipman rank insignia.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 21):
No idea about the sleeve stripes in the Army, which it seems are also worn by officers, but what about those who are enlisted in the Navy and Marines?

Angled stripes in the Army represent three years service.

Horizontal strips in the Army represent 6 months in combat.

Unless of course we're talking about the stripes that represent the individuals rank.

Here you go:

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/l/blenlrank.htm

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/l/blofficerrank.htm

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/l/blwarrank.htm

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/navy/l/blratings.htm

[Edited 2007-12-05 15:59:43]

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1350 times:



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
Unless of course we're talking about the stripes that represent the individuals rank.

I know US rank insignia (except for Warrant Officers), I was just stalking about sleeve stripes that don't have to do with rank, but rather with seniority.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 23):
I know US rank insignia (except for Warrant Officers), I was just stalking about sleeve stripes that don't have to do with rank, but rather with seniority.



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 22):
Angled stripes in the Army represent three years service.

Horizontal strips in the Army represent 6 months in combat.

  

[Edited 2007-12-05 15:59:22]

User currently onlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 21):
Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 16):
Which depending on what they're wearing enlisted has Stripes on the sleeves and Officers metal or embroidered collar devices instead of .

Aren't those sleeve stripes an indicator of how many years an enlisted person has spent in the military? No idea about the sleeve stripes in the Army, which it seems are also worn by officers, but what about those who are enlisted in the Navy and Marines?

I meant upper arm sleeve, lower sleeve is service years with good conduct like (1 hash mark) is 4 yrs in some services the chevrons on the upper arm/sleeve area is the rank, sorry for not clarifying.

[Edited 2007-12-05 16:00:36]

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