There are many different armed forces in the United States where officer's ranks are distinguished by their insignias.
These include the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, to name just a few. Insignias have been used for more than 200 years to help identify officers and have proven especially effective in the heat of battle where communication can often be limited, most notably in early warfare.
Although many insignias used in the United States are similar across the various branches of the military, they ultimately serve an important purpose in terms of chain of command and, of course, identification. But there are some positions that are currently unfilled and have not been filled since 1946. These are supreme commander positions, only needed when the United States is officially at war. Let's hope you will be able to identify them.
Also, did you know that certain positions in the Navy, although they have the same name as that of their Army counterpart, are actually higher ranks? Well, if you didn't, you will find that out in our tough military insignia quiz.
In this quiz, we will give you an insignia and you must tell us which officer it belongs to.