- Jan 19, 2019
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Ya know, I thought this question was absurd thinking to myself, Self, why would they do that? humiliating someone like that? They don't do it in the other services, why would they?Do the red stripes on the rank patches mean the wearer had stood Captains mast?
Well, they do, and it takes a lot of years to get them changed.
Starting June 1, all sailors over the 12-year service mark will be authorized to wear gold chevrons on their dress and service uniforms, a stark contrast to the red stripe worn by some senior enlisted sailors as a visible sign of misconduct from some point in their careers.
The current policy mandates that sailors who have received nonjudicial punishment or court-martials within the past 12 years wear red stripes. Sailors who already have reached the milestone had to restart the 12-year clock if they had further infractions. Each stripe represents four years of service, with the gold previously indicating good conduct.
While multiple enlisted sailors welcomed removal of the stigma associated with red stripes, others online cried foul on the CNP Facebook page, viewing their gold stripes as a badge of honor.