US military flags

Every branch of the US armed forces has its own flag or flags among other emblems and insignia.

A flag plays a significant role in uniting people together, which is more than crucial in organisations such as the armed forces.

Different military flags are flown depending on the occasion being celebrated and/or what they are displayed on (ships, bases, camps, military academies...).

As a general rule, the order of precedence when displaying military flags together is Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.



 

The US Army bears a blue replica of the official War Office seal over a white background. Underneath the seal is a white writing over a red field that reads "United States Army". Below is the date 1775, which stands for the year the Army was established with George Washington being the Commander-in-Chief. President Dwight Eisenhower gave the flag an official status in June of 1956...

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The US Marine Corps flag was created on January 18th, 1939. The flag is commonly known as a "standard" or "battle color". It comes with a scarlet writing over a white field and has the Corps emblem in gray and gold. There are two versions of the flag, one used for parade and indoor sessions, while the other displayed outside. The flag measures fifty-five inches by sixty-two inches...

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The US Navy Flag bears the Seal of the Department of the Navy in the center. Below is a blue text reading "United States Navy" over a yellow field. The color of the letters matches the color of the background of the entire flag. The flag is generally not used to identify US Navy ships, with the US Coast Guard Ensign used for that purpose instead...

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The US Air Force Flag bears a coat of arms, thirteen white stars, and the Air Force Seal over a blue background. The stars, similar to the original US flag, represent the original Thirteen Colonies that became the first States of the Union. Three of the stars clearly stand out, as they are intercepted by the Eagle's wings; they represent the Departments of National Defence which include the Army, Navy, and Air Force...

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The US Coast Guard Flag comes with the Great Seal of the United States over a white background. In the middle of the Seal, an eagle bears a shield with red and white vertical stripes, and a thick horizontal blue stripe. Above is an arc reading "United States Coast Guard"; below is the famous saying "Semper Paratus", which means Always Ready...

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