Uniforms and Insignia
Figure 9. Military Ranks and Insignia,1990
Egyptian military uniforms were similar to British uniforms.
Each branch of the military had dress, service or garrison, and
field uniforms. Dress uniforms were worn mostly on formal
occasions. The service uniform was worn for daily duty. The service
uniform for the ground forces was khaki cotton; personnel in the
air force wore blue, and the navy wore navy blue in winter and
white in summer. Egyptian officers purchased their uniforms, but
enlisted personnel received a standard uniform issue, which
consisted of service and field uniforms, fatigues, and in some
cases, dress uniforms.
Rank insignia were similar for the army, navy, and air force.
The grade structure had seventeen ranks ranging from private to
general. Each rank had a counterpart in all services. Commissioned
officers in the army and navy wore gold insignia on shoulder
boards; officers in the air force wore silver ones. Army enlisted
personnel wore green stripes; air force enlisted personnel wore
blue stripes on the upper sleeve
Data as of December 1990