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Metal Badge of Rank - Warrant Officer Class I Royal Arms


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Regimental sergeants-major, who before the Boer War had worn four chevrons with a crown, were given in 1902 the badge of a single large crown on the lower arm, but adopted a small version of the Royal arms in its place in 1915 when they became warrant officers class I (WOI) as the warrant officer class extended. 

Metal Badge of Rank - Warrant Officer Class I Royal Arms

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There was a requirement to introduce a suitable rank badge.  And the decision was made to extend the use of the Royal Arms (Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom) already in use with ‘Sergeant Majors’ in Foot Guards. The wearing of a smaller version of the badge below the elbow was in keeping with what was the practice when the Crown was the only badge of Warrant rank.

Warrant officers class one wear the Royal Arms on the lower sleeve, except for the regimental sergeant majors of Foot Guards Regiments who wear a larger version of the same coat of arms on the upper sleeve. The insignia of those holding the most senior WOI appointment of Conductor is the coat of arms surrounded by a wreath.There are also certain senior grades of warrant officer within the British Army, peculiar to the specialist branches, which ranked above regimental sergeants-major. These were the conductors of the Army Ordnance Corps and the first-class staff sergeants-major of the Army Service Corps and the Army Pay Corps. They also wore a large crown, surrounded by a wreath, on the lower arm, and in 1918 this was replaced by the Royal Arms within a wreath. The Royal Army also had its Master Gunners in three classes, but these were technical specialists and not normally seen in the field. The Royal Arms within a wreath is the badge of rank for a Conductor, the most senior of all WOI appointments, confined to the Royal Logistic Corps and held by fewer than twenty people as of 2004.

Here in the Caribbean, our rank insignias are adopted from the British Army rank system. The metal Royal Arms is worn with a leather wrist band.  Here at Active Gear Limited we sell metal Royal Arms with leather wrist bands.  Metal Royal Arms are gold, brass or black finish. It comes with a double shank with split pin fitting and brass base plate which protects the wrist band from damage by the Royal Arms and gives it extra brightness.

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