Ranks and Insignia
Figure 16. Military Ranks and Insignia, 1989
The rank structure of the Jordanian army and air force was
identical to that of the United States and British armies. There
were, however, fewer enlisted grades
fig. 16). Insignia of
rank were worn on shoulder straps by officers; chevrons with points
down was worn by enlisted men on upper right and left sleeves.
Designation of officer ranks was based on combinations of
seven-pointed stars (sometimes called pips), the Hashimite crown,
crossed sabers, and wreaths. The system was similar to that of the
British army with minor differences in design. In the army the
basic color of the metal of insignia and buttons was gold; in the
air force, silver.
Many units were authorized to wear identifying shoulder patches
or flashes, but these were not worn during periods of combat or
civil disturbance. In the field, branch and service were indicated
by the color of the beret: chocolate brown for infantry, black for
armor, navy blue for artillery, light blue for engineers, dark
green for the Royal Guards, maroon for the Special Forces, and red
for military police.
Data as of December 1989