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Ribbons and badges as shown on the uniform of the Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz.

Badges of the United States Air Force are military awards authorized by the United States Air Force that signify USAF aeronautical ratings or qualification in several career fields, and also serve as identification devices for personnel occupying certain assignments. The Air Force currently authorizes 51 separate rating and occupational badges. The most recent addition to USAF badges is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator occupational badge, awarded to eight graduates of the Beta class of UAS operators at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, on September 25, 2009.[1]

All Air Force badges (with the exception of identification badges) are awarded in three degrees or skill levels. Aeronautical ratings for pilots are awarded at Basic, Senior, and Command levels. Occupational badges are normally issued in Basic, Senior, and Master ratings for officers. Exceptions are Basic, Senior and Chief ratings awarded to nurses, doctors (all types), flight nurses and flight surgeons. Enlisted occupational badges reflect skill levels: 3-level apprentice/5-level Journeyman (same badge), 7-level craftsman, and 9-level superintendent. A star and wreath system, worn above the Air Force badge, denotes which degree or skill level a service member currently holds.

Chaplain and aviation badges (to include the parachutist badge) are mandatory on Air Force uniforms. Wear of all other badges is optional. The Air Force is the most restrictive service with regards to which Air Force badges may be worn on the uniforms of other United States armed forces branches. With the exception of aviation badges, most U.S. Air Force badges may only be displayed on United States Air Force uniforms.

The Air Force previously authorized continued use of a number of aviation badges originally issued by the U.S. Army during World War II. Such badges are no longer authorized and are now categorized as obsolete badges.


Aviation Badges


Aeronautical ratings

Other aviation badges

Occupational Badges

Operations Career Group

Logistics Career Group

Support Career Group

Support/Investigations Career Group

Professional Career Group

Medical Career Group

Not yet detailed in AFI 36-2903

Duty Badges

Miscellaneous Badges

See also


  1. ^ a b The Beta class are the first UAS operators without prior military pilot experience, including Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. Previously, all Air Force UAS operators were also rated pilots. On October 2, 2009, Headquarters USAF announced that creation of a specialty code had been approved for UAS officers and that the position will become rated. The rating is yet to be named, but will carry with it a six-year active duty service commitment and qualify for aircrew incentive pay.

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