• Military personnel wear distinctive should cords to represent their field of work. Yellow (gold) cords are worn by calvary men, sky-blue are worn by infantry men, red to artillerymen, and dark blue to Staff corps. There are several other colors also, and head gear also had to do with what the military does. Tan berets are worn by Army Rangers (Used to be black until the army changed everyone a few years back), Maroon by paratroopers, and the more popularly know, the Green Berets for special forces.
  • It is called the french foriget. If that is the correct spelling. It is green for all troops in fifth marine regiments wear
  • A yellow or white lanyard worn on from the epaulette to a button on the front pocket of a dress tunic can indicate that the wearer is an "aide de camp" ie he is usually an officer that acts as a "bagman" to a senior officer or member of a head of state.
  • Today in the US Army the gold should cord (aiguillettes) indicates the wearer is an aid to a general or an attache or an aid to the President. The most common shoulder cord you'll see if that of the Infantryman which is light blue and worn on the right shoulder. In addition there are foreign awards which a number of US military units wear from France, Belgium and the Netherlands and you'll see US Army and US Marine Corp units wearing these unit decorations. The use of the fourragere (pronounced for-rah-jay) or shoulder cord as it is referred to in the US military dates back to Napoleonic France. Officers of Les Grande Armee showed their loyalty to France and Napoleon by wearing these ferrigets and your use of the term "rope" is actually true because their ferrigets sympolized a hangman's noose; meaning that they would hang before betraying their emperor and France.
  • In Air Force Technical Training Schools (Not Basic Training) students wear different colored aiguilettes to represent additional duties. Red - Head Dorm Chief Yellow - Floor Chief Green - Airman Leader Black - Drill Team White - Chapel Assistant A Blue aiguilette on an NCO at a Technical Training School represents that NCO is a Military Training Leader, not to be confused with a Military Training Instructor (Basic Training)
  • Answer #2: Only the original WWII recipients may wear the Dutch and Belgian ropes awarded to their units. French ropes are permanent to units, and are worn by those units today. Answer #4: The WWI French fourragere worn by the 5th and 6th Marines is green with red flecks. Comment to Answer #5: The infantry cord is the only branch-color rope worn permanently, but all the other branches have their own "parade ropes", worn on ceremonial occasions, at least in the 1950's.

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