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A basic guidon can be rectangular, but sometimes has a triangular portion removed from the fly known as " swallow-tailed ". The significance and importance of the guidon is that it represents the unit and its commanding officer. When the commander is in, his or her guidon is displayed for everyone to see.
When the commander leaves for the day, the guidon is taken down. It is an honor to be the guidon carrier for a unit, known as a "guidon bearer" or "guide".
He or she stands in front of the unit alongside of the commander or the commander's representative , and is the rallying point for troops to fall into formation when the order is given. In drill and ceremonies , the guidon and commander are always in front of the formation. The guidon is a great source of pride for the unit, and several military traditions have developed around it, stemming back from ancient times.
Any sort of disgrace toward the guidon is considered a dishonor of the unit as a whole, and punishment is typical. For example, should the guidon bearer drop the guidon, they must fall with it and perform punishment, often in the form of push-ups. Other units may attempt to steal the guidon to demoralize or antagonize the unit. Veteran soldiers know not to give up the guidon to anyone outside their unit, but new recruits may be tempted into relinquishing it by a superior, especially during a unit run.
Previously guidons were made of wool bunting, and if serviceable these older versions may still be used. Current guidons are made of heavyweight rayon banner cloth. Old guidons show letters and numerals reversed as if printed through on the reverse of the guidon. Current guidons are made so that letters and numerals read correctly on both sides. Lettered companies troops and batteries in the cavalry and field artillery respectively of battalions squadrons in the cavalry have guidons displaying the branch insignia , the company letter, and the battalion and regimental numbers.
The base color of the guidon is the first named color of the applicable branch, e. For companies of separate battalions, the branch insignia is centered on the guidon between the battalion number above and the company letter below.
For companies of battalions of regiments, the number above the insignia is that of the regiment; the number of the battalion is vertically centered between the insignia and the hoist.
Groups use diagonal stripes of the branch's secondary color. Headquarters companies of groups, brigades, divisions and corps have guidons of a design corresponding to that of their Organizational Flag, e. Headquarters elements of Army commands, agencies, garrisons, centers, schools, depots and miscellaneous organizations are authorized guidons of distinctive design and colors. Various units not oriented to a specific branch, e. Exceptions to the use of branch colors for guidons are found in the infantry and cavalry.
The infantry branch colors are light blue and white, but infantry guidons have a field of Old Glory blue the same shade of blue as used for the canton of the US national flag. The cavalry branch colors are yellow and dark blue. All letters and numerals are black. The guidon bearer normally stands with the platoon guide when stationary and marches at the head of the column. Although IET guidons may have streamers attached, they are typically undecorated. Any unit citation, war service or campaign streamer may be attached to guidons.
Guidon-bearing elements of US Army Regimental System units are entitled to display all streamers awarded to the regiment, with those earned by its own higher echelon battalion or squadron denoted by the addition of the Earned Honor Device, an embroidered laurel wreath, at the fly. In recent years, the ongoing reorganization of the Army has led to the creation of new types of units, e.
Sustainment Brigades and Fires Brigades, but generally their flags and guidons are of the pattern described above. Recruit training units do not have any branch of service indication on their guidons; boot camp platoon guidons only display the platoon number such as "" During the first phase of training i.
The regimental-level numeral will be displayed in the lower left corner, unless a higher or lower command numeral provides better identification for example, a battalion HQ company would display the battalion's numeral instead of the regiment. The company level designation letter, abbreviated title, or number will be in the lower right corner.
Versions of this emblem also have the words, "Special Operations Capable" across the bottom. No additional attachments are authorized, including streamers, bands, or the like. Some units incorporate additional mascots into unofficial guidons. Navy ships and squadrons may display a unit guidon while parading ashore. Companies of the Brigade of Midshipmen attending the United States Naval Academy carry a gold guidon with blue numerals.
An Air Force yellow American Eagle design appears on the front of the guidon and on the reverse side as if printed through.
Above the design is the designation of the parent unit; below it is the designation of the squadron.
When the number of the squadron and the parent organization are the same, the lower line indicates only the alphabetical portion of the squadron designation. Lettering and numerals appear on both sides of the guidon, reading from left to right on both sides. Campaign and service streamers earned by a unit are displayed on that unit's flag or guidon. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See also: Change of command. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This publication, Army Regulation AR Heraldic Activities: Flags, Guidons, Streamers, Tabards, and Automobile and Aircraft Plates July , prescribes the design, acquisition, display, disposition, and use of flags, guidons, streamers, automobile and aircraft plates, and tabards by Department of the Army DA organizations and personnel. It is the authority for these items and their basis of issue. This regulation prescribes Department of the Army policy for unit and individual authorized flags, guidons, and streamers.
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This publication, Army Regulation AR —10 Heraldic Activities: Flags, Guidons, Streamers, Tabards, and Automobile and Aircraft Plates July , prescribes the design, acquisition, display, disposition, and use of flags, guidons, streamers, automobile and aircraft plates, and tabards by Department of the Army DA organizations and personnel. It is the authority for these items and their basis of issue. This regulation prescribes Department of the Army policy for unit and individual authorized flags, guidons, and streamers. It prescribes procedures for the display and supply of flags. Army Reserve. This regulation is required during mobilization.