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Service Chevron historyEdit

Overseas Service Bar (WWI) Blue Service Chevron Silver Service Chevron

  • 12 Jan 1918 : Service Chevron created for personnel "in the zone of advance"; worn on the lower left sleeve. (War Department General Orders Number 6)
  • --- May 1918 : "in the zone of advance" requirement was eliminated. New requirements had personnel service within a "theater of operations" for six months to receive one chevron. (War Department General Orders 53)
  • --- May 1918 : Blue Chevron created. Worn by personnel serving within a theater of operations who has not reached six months; worn on the lower left sleeve. (War Department General Orders Number 53)
  • --- Dec 1918 : Silver Chevron created. Worn by personnel serving within the CONUS for six months; worn on the lower left sleeve. (War Department General Orders 122)
  • --- May 1919 : date of departure (retroactive) from the CONUS is considered the start of service overseas, while previously the time was started when a soldier landed in Europe.
  • --- ----- 1919 : No time after 04 October 1919 is counted as service overseas. Exceptions include service in Siberia (to 01 April 1920) and the Army of Occupation in Germany (to 24 Jan 1923). (War Department General Orders 123)
  • 14 Oct 1921 : Army Regulation 600-35 omitted any mention of the silver chevron.
  • --- ----- 1952 : Chevron moved to the lower right sleeve.
  • 23 Sep 1966 : Army Regulation 670-5 omitted any mention of both the gold and blue chevron.

Overseas Service Bar historyEdit

Overseas Service Bar (WWII)

  • 30 Jun 1944: Overseas Bar created.
  • --- ----- 1952 : Chevron moved to the lower right sleeve.

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