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Insignia (the plural of Latin insigne: emblem, symbol) is a symbol or token of personal power, status or office, or of an official body of government or jurisdiction. Insignia are especially used as an emblem of a specific or general authority.

Typical examples of insignia are:

  • Other National Emblems
  • Shoulder patch, or shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI)
  • Military rank and unit markings:
    • British Army officer rank insignia
    • British Army Other Ranks rank insignia
    • Croatian military ranks insignia
    • U.S. Army officer rank insignia
    • U.S. Army enlisted rank insignia
    • U.S. Navy officer rank insignia
    • U.S. Navy enlisted rate insignia
    • United States Air Force enlisted rank insignia
    • United States Air Force officer rank insignia
    • Polish Armed Forces rank insignia
    • Nazi Party rank insignia

Official insignia are often protected by law as to allow their use only by people holding a specific office or staff members action on behalf of such a person. Misuse, defacement and destruction of such symbols is considered an offense in many countries.


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