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Other Cloth Insignia Not Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Second World War

Nonconbatant Status of Civilian Personnel


Noncombatant 1

First Version
Civilian In Service with U.S. Army


Second Version
Basic Nonconbatant Insignia
AAF Tech Rep Messenger Ordnance Technician Technical Observer
AAF Technical
Messenger Ordnance Technician Technical Observer
War Correspondent War Correspondent
War Correspondent
U.S. Made
(Courtesy: Michael Dixon)
War Correspondent
Theater Made
China Burma India

A Civilian Scientific Consultant accompanying U.S. Forces in Uniform

Civilian employees of the U.S. Army were allowed to wear a modified uniform under specified conditions with a sleeve emblem as an insignia. The original regulations (Change 1 to 1941 AR 600-35 issued September 4, 1942) authorizes a white triangle with the letters U.S. in blue on a blue square 4 1/2 inches in size for civilians having a nonconbatant status. Another change (four of October 23, 1942) authorized a similar insignia with a red triangle for those with a combatant status. Under what circumstances the War Department believed that a civilian could claim combatant status would be interesting to know. This was worn midway between the left elbow and shoulder. The original designs were replaced in November 1944 with the second style illustrated above. There was no mention of civilians having a combatant status at that time and all of the designs had a blue triangle as shown above. The second version were referred to as shoulder sleeve insignia.

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