Military Branch Flags: What do they look like?

Marine Corps flag

There are five branches of the United States military; the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. While each branch of the military dedicates their time to certain aspects of protection and service, the five military branches work together to some extent in their role of security for the country. Each branch of the military has a separate flag, represented by emblems and insignia specific to the different branches. When displaying military branch flags together, the order of precedence should be the National Colors, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Flag of the United States – also often called the American Flag, has 13 alternating red and white stripes with a blue rectangle in the upper corner of the flag containing 50 small white stars, representing each of the 50 states.

Flag of the United States Army – the United States Army flag shows a blue replica of the official seal of the Department of the Army on a white background, with a red scroll displaying ‘United States Army’ in white letters. Under the red scroll is the year 1775 listed in blue, which was the year the Army was created.

Flag of the United States Marine Corps – the Marine Corps flag is a red color with the branch’s emblem (an eagle on top of the world, with an anchor behind the world) displayed in grey and yellowish gold. Underneath the emblem is a white scroll with the ‘United States Marine Corps’ in red lettering. The Marine Corps officially adopted the flag in 1939.

Flag of the United States Navy – the Navy flag is a dark blue color with Seal of the Department of the Navy in the center of the flag. Beneath the Seal is a yellow scroll with ‘United States Navy’ in blue lettering. The flag was officially authorized and introduced to the public in 1959.

Flag of the United States Air Force – the Air Force is the most recently established branch of the military in 1947, with the official Air Force flag introduced in 1951. The United State Air Force flag is dark blue with the coat of arms, the Air Force seal, and 13 white stars that represents the 13 original colonies.

Flag of the United States Coast Guard – the Coast Guard flag has a white background with a dark blue figure of the Great Seal of the United States. ‘United States Coast Guard’ is printed in dark blue in an arc form above the seal; below the seal is the Coast Guard motto “Semper Paratus” (which translates to Always Ready) and the year 1790, which represents the year the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service was founded; the Revenue Cutter Service was an armed maritime law enforcement service. The flag was officially adopted in 1964.

Whether you are a current service member, a veteran, have family members who have served, or are a proud supporter of the military, you can display military flags. While it is acceptable to display the military branch flag alone, it is recommended to display the branch flag below the American flag. Do you have a favorite military flag?

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3 thoughts on “Military Branch Flags: What do they look like?

  1. Our 4H club is learning “The Great Defenders” by Lee Greenwood for a Feb. County Club Day Competition. We need a flag of each branch of the service to display during our song, as well a flag for National Guard and Reserves. Even paper ones would be ok. Can you help us find a place to download or order such flags?
    Kathy Monahan

    • Hello Kathy,

      We offer a variety of military flags on our website. Our most often used military service flags include Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corp branches. The military flag offering also includes Merchant Marine and Coast Guard with the US Marine flag being the most often ordered and by far the most popular. If you cannot find what your looking for, please let us know. We appreciate any feed back.

      If you are just trying to print images of these flags, your best bet is most likely a Google images search.

      Hope you find this helpful. Best of luck in your County Club Day Competition!


      CVS Flags

  2. I was made aware that when printing the circular emblems of each of the 5 main military branches they must be in order of creation. If I make the 5 to make a larger circle they are to be listed in order to be read like a clock but what about if they are pictures of the flags and I want to print them in 2 lines? Is it like the clock again, in proper order…or first line left to right, 2nd line left to right? I’d REALLY appreciate your help.

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