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5401 - Aiguillettes/Brassards/Buttons

Section    Article
2.  BRASSARDS 5402
3.  BUTTONS 5403


a.  Individuals may wear aiguillettes only while serving in an official capacity during specific events where wearing aiguillettes, as an identifying device, are important to the principal being aided.  Such identifica­tion enables the principal to accomplish his mission more effectively, assist others who support principal's mission, or prevent confusion during official occasions.
a.  Wear aiguillettes while performing duty as Aide to the President, Aide to the Vice President, Aide at the White House, Aide to the Secretary of Defense, Aide to the Secretary, Under Secretary, and Assistant Secretaries of the Navy, and aides to flag officers.  For flag officers' aides, aiguillettes are authorized only when the titles indicated below appear in both the billet title and the incumbent's CHNAVPERS orders:
9015 Chief of Staff
9930 Executive Assistant
9021 Flag Lieutenant
9935 Aide
9082 Flag Secretary

b.  Naval Attaches and Assistant Naval Attaches wear aiguillettes while performing official attaché duties within their areas of jurisdiction.  They will not wear aiguillettes outside areas of jurisdiction unless specifically requested to accompany an ambassador or foreign service officer on official occasions.
c.  When aides to top-ranking representatives of foreign nations visiting the United States request it.

d.  Officers appointed as aides on the staff of a governor of a state or territory, may wear aiguillettes on official occasions.

e.  Personnel are authorized to wear service aiguillettes at all times while serving in the following billets:

(1) "A" School Military Training (ASMT) Department and Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and Company Commanders/Assistant Com­pany Commanders

 (2) Recruit Division Commanders and their assistants.

(3) U. S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, except on working uniforms.  Officers and chief petty officers will wear the aiguillette only on the Service Uniform, black relax fit jacket and the All-Weather Coat when its worn with service uniforms.
a.  General.  Aiguillettes are furnished by the staff requiring them.  Aiguillettes remain in custody of the organization providing them.

(1) The Aide to the President, Aide to the Vice President, aides at the White House, and officers designated as aides to foreign heads of state wear aiguil­lettes on the right shoulder; all others on the left shoulder.

(2) Wear them on the outside of overcoats,  reefers, jackets, all-weather coat, or pullover sweater.
(3) Place the Fourragere under the aiguillettes.
(4) For dress aiguillettes, attach the becket to the coat in the following manner:
(a) Attach the becket to the top button of the white coat that has a standing collar.
(b) On all other coats, mess jackets, and the blue overcoats, sew a small flat button, covered with black silk, under the coat collar at the height of the collar bone to secure the becket.  The pencils hang over the lapel with their suspension cords emerging from the notch in the lapel.  (See Figure 5-4-1 below.)

Figure 5-4-1
b.  Dress Aiguillettes.  Wear dress aiguillettes with Formal Dress, Dinner Dress, Full Dress, and Service Dress uniforms, and the overcoat and all-weather coat:
(1) At official ceremonies.

(2) On occasions requiring special honors.

3) To social functions as directed, and to all social functions for which formal invitations have been extended.

(4) At all times by aides to foreign repre­sentatives.

(5) Description

(a) Aides to the President.  Two single aiguillette cords, approximately 1/5 inch in diameter, with a cord of yellow cotton, covered with gold or gilt plaited thread, and two additional loops of unplaited aiguillette cord.  At the termination of the plaited cords are approximately 3 inches of plain cord with two gilt metal pencils, ap­proximately 3-1/2 inches long, fastened to the ends, and mounted with two silver anchors and a becket. (See Figure 5-4-2 below.)

(b) All Other Aides.  Conform to the same general description above but have dark blue thread inserted forming plaited bands approximately 7/16 inch and two additional loops of unplaited aiguillette cord.

Figure 5-4-2
c.  Service Aiguillettes
(1) Wear with Service Uniforms, jackets, all-weather coat, overcoat, reefer, or pullover sweater in a manner consistent with subparagraph 3.b. above.  Wear aiguillette beneath the epaulet or shoulder board.  At commander's discretion, aiguillettes are authorized for wear with the NWU Type III shirt and Parka by personnel assigned to billets in which aiguillettes are a prescribed uniform item.  It should be noted that puncturing of the outer shell of the parka will result in compromising the waterproof integrity of the garment, voiding the manufacturer’s life-time warranty of the device.  NWU Parkas that are punctured or torn to affix accoutrements will be repaired and replaced at the expense of the Sailor.
(2) When attaching service aiguillettes to the uniform, bind the cords together lying flat, side by side, with a strip of 1-1/2 inches gold lace, and fit with a clasp pin.  Attach aiguillettes to the shoulder of the coat with the 1-1/2 inch gold lace centered on top of the shoulder with the 1-1/2 inch gold lace paralleled and up to the shoulder sleeve seam.  The longest loop of the cords are worn on the inboard side closest to the wearer’s body.

(3) Description
(a) Service aiguillettes consist of a number of Loops of aiguillette cord.  The cord is approxi­mately 1/5 inch in diameter and covered with gold or gilt and other colored thread.  Dark blue thread is woven to form spiral bands approximately 3/16 inch wide at intervals of approximately 1/16 inch.
    (1) Aide to the President.  Four loops, all gold.
(2) Aide to the Vice President, Admiral, General or Official of Higher Rank and Navy Special As­sistant to the General Counsel of the Department of the Navy. Four loops, gold with dark blue spiral bands.
(3) Naval Attaches and Assistant Naval Attaches.  Four loops, gold with dark blue spiral bands.
(4) Aide to Vice Admiral and Lieu­tenant General.  Three loops, gold with dark blue spiral bands.
(5) Aide to Rear Admiral, Major General, Brigadier General and Officers of Lower Rank.  Two loops, gold with dark blue spiral bands.) 
    (6) Aide to Governor of a State or Territory.  Two loops, gold with dark blue spiral bands.

(7) "A" School Military Training (ASMT) Department and Division Leading Chief Petty Officers and Company Commanders/Assistant Company Commanders.  One red and white loop.
(8) Recruit Division Commander.  One red loop.
(9) Recruit Division Commander (Under instruction).  One light blue loop.

(10) U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard. Dress Aiguillette (White Uniform) - One dark blue braided loop and two single loops.
Dress Aiguillette (Blue Uniform) - One white braided loop and two single loops. Service Aiguillette (Service and Service Dress Uniforms, Black Jacket, All-weather Coat) - One white braided loop.

U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, Officers and CPOs.
Service Aiguillette (Service Uniforms, Black Jacket and All-weather Coat with Service Uniform only) - One white braided loop
​​5402.  BRASSARDS

1.  Brassards are cloth bands, marked with symbols, letters or words, indicating a type of temporary duty, to which the wearer is assigned.
2.  Wear brassards on the right arm, midway between the shoulder and elbow, on uniforms or outer garments.

5403.  BUTTONS
1.  The Navy button design consists of an eagle rising, with its wings down.  The left foot is on the shank, the right foot on the stock of a plain Anchor, laid horizontally, and the Eagle's head faces its right.  The whole is surrounded by 13 five-pointed stars and a rope.  Buttons are designated in terms of "line".  One line equals .025 inches, making a 40-line button is 1 inch in diameter, and a 35-line button is .875 inches in diameter.
2.  Officers and Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) wear Navy eagle gold buttons.  Enlisted women, E-6 and Below, wear silver oxidized buttons on Service Dress coats, and all E6 and Below wear silver oxidized buttons on Dinner Dress (mess) jackets.  Anodized (highly polished) gold buttons are phasing in for Officer and CPO Service Dress coat, Dinner Dress (mess) jackets, Overcoats, Reefers, Waist­coats, Combination hats, and Officers’ hard shoulder boards.  Non-anodized (flat finish) gold buttons will not have a phase out date.  Service members may continue to wear non-anodized gold buttons as long as serviceable.  All buttons on a uniform component must have the same finish (excluding hard shoulder boards for Officers and Combination covers for Officers/CPOs).


22 1/2 LINE


5404. BOATSWAINS PIPE AND LANYARD.  The Boatswain's pipe and lanyard may be worn around the neck while carrying out official ceremonial duties and military watches.  The lanyard is braided with Belfast cord in a traditional style and sennit.  When hanging free, the bottom of the pipe will not fall below the top of the belt.  Wear white lanyards with dark/blue uniforms and black lanyards with white uniforms.  Men place the pipe in the left breast pocket when not in use.  Women wearing Service Dress Blue place the boatswain's pipe attached to the lanyard between the top and second button of their jacket when not in use. Do not wear them on liberty.​

1.  AUTHORITY TO WEAR.  The GSLB and NKLB are authorized for optional wear with Service Dress and Full Dress uniforms.  The GSLB is designated for eligible survivors of Service Members who lost their lives during any armed hostilities in which the United States is engaged.  The NKLB is designated for eligible survivors of Service Members who lost their lives while on Active Duty or while assigned to a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status, but not as a result of armed conflict.  Policy guidance denoting wear eligibility criteria is contained in Section 1126 of U.S. Title Code 10 (GSLB: Eligibility and distribution) and the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 578.63 of Title 32, chapter V.

2.  DESCRIPTION.  The GSLB consists of a gold star on a purple circular background, bordered in gold and surrounded by gold laurel leaves (Figure 5405.2-1).  The NKLB consists of a gold star within a circle surrounded by sprigs of oak, and the entire button is gold in color (Figure 5405.2-2).  Both buttons are approximately one inch in diameter.
Figure 5405.2-2
Next of Kin Lapel Button
 Figure 5405.2-2
Next of Kin Lapel Button
3.  MANNER OF WEAR.  Wear only one lapel button on the uniform.  Sailors eligible to wear the GSLB and NKLB may wear the lapel button of choice.  The GSLB and NKLB is worn as follows:
a.  Dress uniform coats with lapels.  Officers, chief petty officers, or female E-1 through E-6.  Center the GSLB or NKLB vertically and upright on the right lapel and adjacent t­­­­o the placement of the nametag (Figure 5405.3a-1).

Figure 5405.3a-1  
b.  Dress uniform coats without lapels (chokers).  Center the lapel button on the wearer’s right breast approximately 4 inches from the outer edge of the coat when fastened and down between the top and second button fastener of the coat (Figure 5405.3b-1).
Figure 5405.3a-1

c.  Dress jumpers.  Center the lapel button on the front and right side of the jumper flap approximately 5 and ½ inches to 6 and ½ inches from the bottom of the V-neck opening of the jumper (point where the collar opens).  On service dress jumpers with piping, ensure the lapel button is placed over three rows of piping.  On service dress white jumpers without piping, adjust the placement of the lapel button as necessary to ensure proper centering on the jumper flap (Figure 5405.3c-1).
Figure 5405.3c-1




 1.  Not a Navy decoration - listed for precedence only.
2.  May be earned while a member of the Naval service.
3.  Only the initial award (ribbon with frame and palm) may be worn.


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