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AR 670-1 Chapter 21-25: Insignia, distinguishing, U.S. Army nametape and nameplate

a. Insignia, distinguishing, U.S. Army tape.

(1) Description. For the combat utility uniforms and ECWCS, the insignia is 5 inches in length with the individual’s last name on a hook- and-loop-faced pad and the inscription “U.S. Army” in black block letters sewn on a camouflaged pattern tape to match the uniform. The letters are 3/4 inch high and 1/2 inch wide.

(2) How worn. The “U.S. Army” is worn on the wear’s left breast pocket immediately above and parallel with the top of the slanted chest pocket flap (see fig 21–138). The background of the U.S. Army insignia is a camouflage pattern. When personnel sew on badges, the following must also be sewn on the utility uniform coat: nametape, U.S. Army tape, and grade insignia. This requirement does not apply to the patrol cap. If a Soldier sews on a U.S. Army tape, nametape, or grade insignia, then all three items must be sewn on.

Note. Personnel will not wear the U.S. Army insignia tape on the hospital duty and food service uniforms. Personnel are not
authorized to have the words U.S. Army embroidered directly on the uniform.


b. Insignia, nametape.

(1) Description. For the combat utility uniforms and ECWCS, the nametape insignia is 5 inches in length with the individual’s last name on a hook-and-loop-faced pad. The name will be in black block letters. The nametape is worn above the wearer’s right breast pocket above chest pocket flap. The background of the nametape insignia is camouflage pattern. The letters are 3/4 inch high and 1/2 inch wide. No punctuation, symbols, or special characters are authorized on the nametape. (Last names consisting of 11 letters or more are constructed using Franklin gothic extra-condensed print (48 point), 1/2 inch high.)

(a) ECWCS (Gore-Tex®) (Generation I) ACU parka. The nametape is a strip of camouflage pattern cloth, 3 1/2 inches long and a 1/2 inch wide, with the individual’s last name in 1/4 inch black block lettering. The nametape can accommodate up to 14 characters. No other size nametape is authorized for wear on the Gore-Tex® (Generation I) ACU parka. The nametape is worn on the left sleeve pocket flat, 1/4 inch above the bottom of the flap and centered left to right on the flap. Personnel are not authorized to wear the nametape in any other location on the parka other than the pocket flap, and they are not authorized to embroider the name directly on the pocket flap.

(b) ECWCS (Gore-Tex®) (Generation II) ACU parka. The nametape is a strip of camouflage pattern cloth, 5 1/4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide with the individual’s last name in 1/4 inch wide lettering. The nametape can accommodate up to 14 characters. No other size nametape is authorized to be worn on the parka. The nametape will be centered left to right on the bottom of the pocket flap. Personnel are not authorized to embroider the nametape directly on the pocket flap or wear a nametape with hook-and-loop fastener on the ECWCS (Gore-Tex®) (Generation II) ACU parka.

(c) ECWCS (Gore-Tex®) (Generation III) ACU parka. For the ECWCS (Gore-Tex®) (Generation II) ACU parka with hook-and-loop-faced pads, personnel will wear hook-and-loop nametape and U.S. Army insignias on the applicable CW garments.

Note. For wearing nametapes on helmet bands, see paragraph 21–3.

(2) How to obtain. Initial and replacement nametapes are provided at no cost to enlisted members and are procured from appropriated funds. If facilities are not available at installations for inscribing and attaching nametapes, contracting for such services with local vendors is authorized.

c. Insignia, nameplate.

(1) Description.

(a) The nameplate is a black, laminated plastic plate, 1 inch by 3 inches, 1/16 inch thick, with a white border not to exceed 1/32 inch in width. Lettering is block type, indented white lettering, 3/8 inch in height, and centered on the plate. Only last names are used on the nameplates. No punctuation symbols, or special characters are authorized. Gloss or nongloss finish is authorized on the nameplate.

(b) Modifications to the nameplate to add other insignia or information are prohibited unless authorized by HQDA. Personnel will not wear nameplates with unauthorized additions or translations outside of the area for which they are authorized.

(2) How worn.

(a) Male personnel. On the service uniform shirts, and on the coats of the green and blue service/dress uniforms, the nameplate is worn centered left to right on the flap of the right breast pocket, and centered between the top of the button and the top of the pocket. (See illustrations in individual uniform chapters.) On the black pullover sweater, the nameplate is worn centered on the black patch of the sweater, except when wearing the DUI or RDI. When wearing a DUI or RDI, the nameplate is placed 1/4 inch above the bottom of the black patch, with the top of the DUI or RDI placed 1/4 inch below the top edge of the patch, and centered left to right. Personnel may adjust the placement of the nameplate and DUI or RDI, up or down on the patch, to allow for large size DUI or RDI, or to adjust to body configuration.

(b) Female personnel. On the Army green uniform, the new style Army blue uniform and ASU, the nameplate is worn 1 to 2 inches above the top button of the coat and centered horizontally on the wearer’s right side (see fig 21–139). On the service uniform shirts, maternity tunic, hospital duty, and food service uniforms, the nameplate is worn in a comparable position. On the old-style Army blue uniform, the nameplate is worn centered horizontally on the wearer’s right side, slightly above the top edge of the top button. (See illustrations in individual uniform chapters.) On the black pullover sweater, the nameplate is worn centered on the black patch of the sweater, except when the DUI or RDI is worn. When wearing a DUI or RDI, the nameplate is placed 1/4 inch above the bottom of the black patch, with the top of the DUI or RDI placed 1/4 inch below the top edge of the patch, and centered left to right. Personnel may adjust the placement of the nameplate and DUI or RDI, up or down on the patch, to allow for large size DUI or RDI, or to adjust to body configuration.