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AMERICA - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA RCAF rank changes (26)
I need to see the images of what they have in mind but this all sounds like a bit of an odd mash-up of all sorts of bits and pieces. For comparison, the RAF use a very pale blue on a dark blue background for Other Ranks sleeve insignia -- it's so light that it looks more like silver-grey or even white from a distance. The RAF Officer sleeve (and shoulder) insignia are of black lace that has a narrow central stripe of pale blue, not dissimilar to the OR insignia. Metal work, however, is of a yellow colour buttons are brass or gilt and cap badges are gilt / gold-coloured embroidery / gold bullion, as appropriate. Similarly, senior officer caps have gold oak leaves on the peak and other embellishments, where worn, are also gold. Mess dress insignia are gold as are those for full dress (although now worn only as ceremonial dress but the various established RAF bands). The RCAF change to "pearl grey" sort of echoes this but they have gone for much narrower black edging to what are mainly grey lace stripes. I'm not sure that the change to silver buttons (or grey piping for senior officer hats) was really necessary, given that things like the cap badges still have gold bullion and don't appear to have been changed to silver to match. The National shoulder titles are not so different to the WW2 era RAF-look and, again, would not have necessitated the change to silver buttons. It's an odd mix and looks a little like someone was trying to ape the USAF but didn't quite go the whole way! The overall shade of blue for the RCAF DEU still looks a little odd to me -- it seems like it needs to be a bit less turquoise and a bit more slate-blue. The use of the shoulder insignia for General Officers service dress jackets also seems redundant now that their sleeve lace distinguishes individual grades. I did wonder if they might use the Crown/sword & baton/maple-leaf insignia the way the RCN does and wear it on shoulder boards / shoulder slides in place of the lace stripes, but without wearing shoulder straps on the service dress itself. To wear both seems unnecessary. Interestingly, the RAF uses the same black distinction lace for all non-ceremonial shoulder and sleeve marks for all officer ranks; there are no specific additional insignia for senior officers in day-to-day wear. A few questions for those who might know: does the RCAF still use formal peaked dress caps with DEU at all or is it just the side caps these days? I notice there was no comment on changing peak decoration to silver but then I don't recall seeing peaked caps worn in the recent past. Are they keeping the gold insignia for mess dress, like the RAF...?...
Medic_in_Uniform > 22-September-2014 3:27:22

ASIA - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Army general of Turkmenistan (0)
Here shoulder mark differ from army generals. Can not say exactly......
Kizhe > 19-September-2014 14:58:19

EUROPE - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Denmark: Army 1812 (3)
Kaptajnløjtnant forgotten, once again....
Luke2 > 18-September-2014 22:10:18

AMERICA - OTHER & CIVIL ORGANIZATION BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Grand Army of the Republic (USA veterans organisation) (0)
The Grand Army of the Republic was a veteran association founded in 1869 composed solely of soldiers who had fought for the Union during the US Civil War and had beenhonourably discharged. As, unlike other such organisations, they refused to accept other type of members except as auxiliaries, the organisation is now defunct with the last member having past away. Interestingly, they used medals instead of more traditional rank insignias for officers within the organisation. http://insignias.wikia.com/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic_(United_States_of_America)...
marcpasquin > 14-September-2014 18:43:14