United States Navy CPO Gold Lace on Blue Hashmarks / Service Stripes
Criteria: A service stripe, commonly called a hash mark, is a decoration of the United States military which is presented to members of the U.S. military to denote length of service. The United States Navy awards each stripe for four years of duty. The Navy also issues gold service stripes to those service members with over twelve cumulative years service free of disciplinary action in the United States Navy, United States Navy Reserve, United States Marine Corps, or the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In cases where a disciplinary infraction has occurred, the service member is not denied a service stripe but simply is issued the standard red stripe design.
Navy Hashmarks consist of embroidered diagonal stripes, 7 inches long and 3/8 inch wide for male CPO's. Male E1-E6 personnel wear service stripes 5-1/4 inches long and 3/8 inch wide. Navy women wear service stripes 5-1/4 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.
The stripes are worn on the left sleeve of Dress Blue, Dress White, Dinner Dress Blue Jacket, and the Dinner Dress White Jacket with the lower ends to the front. The lower end of the first stripe is 2 inches from the end of the sleeve. On jumpers having a buttoned cuff the lower end of the first stripe is 1-1/2 inches above the upper edge of the cuff. The trailing edge of the stripe is in line with the trailing edge of the rating badge. The stripes are at a 45 degree angle. When more than one stripe is authorized they are placed 1/4 inch apart.
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