Updated 2-17-09

U.S. Air Force

Current Combat Uniform

Current Grade & Insignia

Special Operations Command, Air Force

Air Force Special Operations Command Website.


U.S. Army

Current Combat Uniform

Current Rank & Insignia

Combat Infantryman Badge, Army

The Combat Infantryman Badge was first adopted as military insignia in 1924. For the complete history see the Army's Website.

Military Freefall Parachute Badge, Training School, Army

The Military Freefall Parachute Badge (aka HALO) is awarded after completion of the Military Freefall Parachute School, a school that covers all aspects of military freefall in three courses: Basic, Jump Master, and Advanced. The badge's first design was introduced in 1983 by SFC Gregory A. Dailey from 5th Special Forces Group. For the complete history of the Military Freefall Parachute Badge, please visit the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum Website.

160th Patch, Unit, Army

The 160th Aviation Special Operations Group (aka SOAR, Night Stalkers) is the Army's only Special Operations Aviation unit. Their Fact Sheet states they 'provides rotary-wing aviation (helicopters) support to special operations forces'. It was first recognized as a unit in 1981, but it was designated as the 160th Aviation Battalion. There are four Battalions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th), plus the Headquarters and Training School. For the complete history, please visit the 160th Website's History page. Or for more information please visit 160th Recruiting Information.

Pathfinder Badge, Training School, Army

The Pathfinder Badge is awarded after completion of the Army Pathfinder School, a school focused on the skills of navigation in foreign terrain and establishing landing zones. The badge was first introduced in 1964. The Patchfinder School is not a Special Operation Forces School, though Special Operations Forces go through the school. For the complete history of the Pathfinder Badge, please visit the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum Website.


Ranger Shoulder Tab, Training School, Army

The Ranger Tab is awarded after the completion of the Pre Ranger Course and the Army Ranger School held at Ft. Benning, GA, USA. Ranger School is an intensive four week course designed to push soldier candidates both physically and mentally. The Army Ranger School is not open to female soldiers. Because Ranger School is open to other services attending, many soldiers have gone through the the Ranger School, obtained the Ranger tab, and then returned to their own unit. Those that successfully complete the schooling to become an Army Ranger, enter the 75th Ranger Regiment. The 75th Ranger Regiment has three Battalions (1st, 2nd, 3rd). The first cloth tab was approved in 1950. The colored tab is worn with the Class A Uniform, while the subdued version (olive and black) is worn with the BDU (Battle Dress Uniform). For the complete history of the Ranger Tab, please visit the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum Website.


Special Forces Shoulder Tab, Army

The Special Forces Tab is awarded after the completion of Army Special Forces Training, a six phase course (Assesment through Graduation) lasting forty eight to fifty four weeks at Ft. Bragg, NC, USA. The Army Special Forces Qualification Course is not open to female soldiers. There are seven Special Forces Groups (SFG), five are active duty (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th), with two reserve (19th, 20th). The cloth tab was first approved in 1983. The colored tab is worn with the Class A Uniform, while the subdued version (olive and black) with worn with the BDU (Battle Dress Uniform). For the history of the Special Forces Tab, please visit the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum Website.

U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Army

Please visit the JFKSWCS Website.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Army

For more information, please visit U.S. Army Special Operations Command Website page.


U.S. Navy

Current Uniform

Current Enlisted Rate & Insignia

Current Commissioned Officer Rate & Insignia

SEAL Trident, Navy

The Trident is awarded after completion of Navy SEAL BUD/S Training, a six month three phase training program that starts in Coronado, CA, USA, after completion of Basic Training and the Naval Special Warfare Preparation Course. The Navy SEAL Training is not open to female soldiers.

More Patches and Awards coming soon!