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All armies of ther world have a way to indicate the grade of each soldier.

The soldiers of the continental army in our revolutionary war showed their grade differently than we do, General Washington ordered sergeants to sew a stripe of bright red cloth on their shoulders, and corporals a green stripe.

Enlisted grades are shown by chevrons. The chevron is a very old and honorable device which was often painted on the shields of knights of ancient days. In the begining it was probably drawn to represent the rafters of a house, and so it points upward. In a sense it means "the top of the house". We have used chevrons since the revolution, but its present spot above the elbow dates from 1833.

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