United States Armed Forces Flag History

Feb 25th, 2017

When the branches of the United States Armed Forces were created, it was recognized that a flag was needed to identify each branch. Those branches include the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Marine and Navy.

Air Force

 

 

The Air Force became a separate military service from the Army and the Navy in 1947. Prior to that, air force responsibilities fell to the Army and the Navy. The Air Force adopted an official flag in 1951. The flag has a blue field and features a shield with the Air Force coat of arms. There have been no changes made to the flag since it was adopted.

 

When multiple military flags are displayed at one time, the Air Force flag is displayed fourth. The Air Force may display streamers with its flag to represent the encounters that it has engaged in.

 

Army

 

 

The Army was founded in 1775 to defend America during the Revolutionary War before America became a country. After America won its freedom and the United States Government was formed, the Army was the first military branch created. An official Army flag was not adopted until 1956.

 

When multiple military flags are displayed at one time, the Army flag is displayed first to honor it as the first military branch created by the U.S. government. The Army may display streamers with its flag to represent the campaigns that it fought.

 

Coast Guard

 

 

The Coast Guard was originally named the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service when it was founded in 1790. Legislation was passed in 1915 that merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life-Saving Service and renamed it the Coast Guard. The service branch adopted its first official flag in 1966 by redesigning the coat of arms of the Revenue Cutter Service flag so that it conformed to the U.S. Great Seal.

 

When multiple military flags are displayed at one time, the Coast Guard flag is displayed fifth. During times of war when the Coast Guard serves as a part of the Navy, its flag is displayed behind the Navy flag. The Coast Guard may display streamers with its flag to represent the campaigns that it fought.

 

 

Marine Corps

 

 

The Marine Corps was first formed in 1775 as the Continental Marines for service during the Revolutionary War. Once America won her freedom, the U.S. government created the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marines did not adopt an official flag until 1939.

 

When multiple military flags are displayed at one time, the Marine Corps flag is displayed second. The Marine Corps may display streamers with its flag to represent its military encounter achievements.

 

 

Navy

 

 

The Navy was first formed in 1775 as the Continental Navy for service in the Revolutionary War. Once America won her freedom, the Navy was dismantled. The U.S. government created a permanent Navy branch in 1794. The Navy did not adopt an official flag until 1959.

 

When multiple military flags are displayed at one time, the Navy flag is displayed third. The Navy may display streamers with its flag to represent its major battles.

 

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