19–30. Distinctive items authorized for infantry personnel
Description. The shoulder cord is infantry blue, and it is formed by a series of interlocking square knots around a center cord.
Authority for wear. AR 670–1 identifies the approval authority to authorize the wear of the shoulder cord to infantryman, the authorized wearers, and the authorized assignments for wear of the shoulder cord. Since this shoulder cord is not a considered a permanent award, it should not be worn by Soldiers in an official DA photo.
How worn. The shoulder cord is worn on the right shoulder of the Army service/dress uniform coat and the service uniform shirt. The cord is passed under the arm and over the right shoulder under the shoulder loop, and secured to the button on the shoulder loop. In order to attach the cord, officer personnel will attach a 20-ligne button to the right shoulder seam, 1/2 inch outside the collar edge.