U.S. Coast Guard ribbons and badges as shown on the uniform of former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt

Badges of the United States Coast Guard are issued by the Department of Homeland Security to members of the United States Coast Guard to denote certain qualifications, achievements, and postings to certain assignments. Prior to 2002, the issuance of such badges was under the authority of the United States Department of Transportation.

In addition to the U.S. Coast Guard badges listed below, uniform regulations also authorize the wear of some specific U.S. Navy insignia as well as some Department of Defense and Executive Branch Identification badges.[1][2]

The following are the current U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary badges authorized for wear on the Coast Guard uniform:[1][2][3][4]


Astronaut Badge
Aviator Badge
Aviator Badge - USCG Auxiliary
Flight Officer Badge
(no longer awarded but still authorized for wear)
Flight Surgeon Badge
Aircrew Badge
Aircrew Badge - USCG Auxiliary
Aviation Mission Specialist Badge
Aviation Rescue Swimmer Badge

Qualification Insignia[edit]

Cutterman Insignia - Officer
Cutterman Insignia - Enlisted
Cutterman Insignia - USCG Auxiliary
Port Security Officer Pin
Port Security Enlisted Pin
Advanced Boat Force Operations Insignia
Boat Force Operations Insignia
Expeditionary Warfare Specialist Insignia
Coxswain Insignia
Coxswain Insignia - USCG Auxiliary
Surfman Badge
Personal Watercraft Operator - USCG Auxiliary
Response Operations Ashore Insignia
Marine Safety Insignia
Marine Safety Insignia - USCG Auxiliary
Recreational Boating Safety Insignia - USCG Auxiliary
Tactical Law Enforcement Badge
Company Commander Insignia
Physician Assistant and
Nurse Practitioner Badge
Operational Auxiliarist Device - USCG Auxiliary

Diving Badges[edit]

Diving Officer Badge
Diving Medical Technician Badge
Master Diver Badge
First Class Diver Badge
Second Class Diver Badge
Scuba Diver Officer Badge
Scuba Diver Badge

Command Identification Badges[edit]

Command Afloat Pin
Command Ashore Pin
Officer-in-Charge Afloat Pin
Officer-in-Charge Ashore Pin
Commandant-designated Command Senior Enlisted Leader Identification Badges
Non-designated Command Senior Enlisted Leader Identification Badges
USCG Auxiliary Past Officer Badge

Service Identification Badges[edit]

Office of the Secretary of Homeland Security Identification Badge
Office of the Secretary of Transportation Identification Badge
(no longer awarded but still authorized for wear)
Commandant Staff Badge
National Staff Identification Badge - USCG Auxiliary
Coast Guard Recruiting Badge
Coast Guard Academy Admissions Recruiting Badge
Coast Guard Honor Guard Badge
Coast Guard Band Badge
Coast Guard Port Security Law Enforcement Badge
Coast Guard Special Agent Badge

Marksmanship Competition Badges[edit]

Distinguished International Shooter Badge
Coast Guard Distinguished Marksman Badge
Coast Guard Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge
Coast Guard Rifleman Excellence-In-Competition Badges
- Rifleman EIC Badges awarded at national competitions have the word "NATIONAL" embossed at the base of the shield
Coast Guard Pistol Shot Excellence-In-Competition Badges
- Pistol Shot EIC Badges awarded at national competitions have the word "NATIONAL" embossed at the base of the shield
President's Hundred Tab

See also


  1. ^ a b U.S. Coast Guard COMDTINST M1020.6J Archived 2018-09-10 at the Wayback Machine, dated 2 August 2018, last accessed 12 September 2018
  2. ^ a b U.S. Coast Guard Breast Insignia and Badges, by USCG Port Security Unit 305, last modified 7 May 2013, last accessed 20 May 2015
  3. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Competitive Marksmanship Program, COMDTINST 3590.1A, dated 23 April 2013, last accessed 3 September 2013
  4. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST M16790.1G, dated 17 August 2011, last accessed 24 May 2020