Aviator Badge – Navy or Marine Corps

Naval Aviator Badge Design: A gold metal winged pin with a fouled anchor behind a shield in the center.

The Naval Aviator insignia is a warfare qualification of the United States military that is awarded to those aviators of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard who have qualified as Naval Aviators upon successful completion of flight school. The decoration is similar in design to the Naval Flight Officer Badge, consisting of a single fouled anchor, surmounted by a shield, centered on a pair of golden wings.

The Naval Aviator Badge is identical for all three branches and is awarded in a single degree. To qualify for the Naval Aviator Badge, a service member must have completed Primary and Advanced Flight Training and be designated a qualified pilot of a military aircraft.

Naval Aviator is a term strictly used for officers. Until 1981 the Navy and Marine Corp also had enlisted personnel trained as pilots. Such individuals were referred to as Naval Aviation Pilots. Naval Aviation Pilots wore the same insignia as Naval Aviators.

Brest insignia are worn by Marines who are qualified/designated in selected area. Breast insignia are worn on the left breast of all service and dress coast, and may be worn on khaki shirts or utility jackets when worn as an outer garment. Not more than two Marine Corps approved breast insignia are worn on the left, and not more than one foreign pilot or other U.S. service pilot/navigator insignia is worn on the right at a time. Miniature insignia, one-half regular size, are worn on evening dress jackets.

The Fouled anchor is 7/8 inch long. The height and width of the shield is 1/2 inch. The naval Aviator Insignia is awarded to officers who have successfully completed an authorized course of instruction (Naval Flight School-Pensacola) as prescribed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) or the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).

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