Just thought I'd share this little bit of information. A lot of guys these days don't know the history of that blue cord we are all so proud of.
An aiguillette is an ornamental braided cord most often worn on uniforms but may also be observed on other costumes such as academic dress, where it will denote an honor. It is French in origin and goes back to the use of horses in battle. A general's aide-de-camp carried a loop of cord to tie up the general's horse during dismount. As a practical approach, the aides would loop the cord around the epaulette flap on the shoulder of their tunic.
Infantry Blue Cord
General Washington selected the color blue to distinguish his tough and resolute infantry in the Continental Army from other types of soldiers. General LaFayette chose a light blue color to outfit his American Infantry Corps. For the next 120 years, the official Infantry color alternated between blue and white until 1904 when the Army officially adopted what we now know as "Infantry Blue."
In 1951, the Army leadership sought to encourage and recognize foot soldiers who were bravely fighting intense battles in Korea. They soon adopted the Infantry Blue Cord. This cord would only be worn by fully qualified Infantrymen and would announce for all to see that these men would be on the front line when our nation was at war.
Today, enlisted graduates of Infantry Basic Training receive their blue cord at the end of their final FTX. Graduates of the Infantry Officer Basic Course complete their weeklong final FTX and after road marching back to building 76 have their blue cords pinned on them by their platoon trainer NCOs. The SSG or SFC who pins on the blue cord then renders an honorary salute in symbolic recognition of their welcoming the Lieutenant into the ranks of the Infantry
Good stuff - thanks for sharing
Thats really great info, I always wanted to know where it was adopted. Thanks brother, pv2 valdez out
also when the army wore brown and pinks the infantry edges were blue on their peck hat ..i still think the reg long dress jacket with the light brown /gray color pants and brown shoes looked sharp ,i just watched saving private ryan again and the guy who plays marshal has it on with other officers in that part of the movie.
Watch the movie "To Hell and Back" Audie Murphy and everyone else in it are wearing the same thing.
If the army is doing away with the class a's when do you get to wear the blue cord?
You can wear the blue cord with the blue service uniform.
How come women always steal your military memories?
I lost dog-tags, My blue chord, challenge coins,old pics,etc...
Shoulda secured them bud. All my military stuff is in a locked trunk, that no one has access to.
I hear you RUN
Live and learn. Most have been replaced except for the photos
Yeah, unfortunately photos, when they arent digitized, are gone once you lose them.
Very educational Runfurit. Thanks!
Yes, I concur, I always wondered where the wearing of the blue cord came from. Speaking of color, The 1872 and 1874 pattern blouses of the Frontier Army had branch colored piping on them. They were the best lookig blouses the pre-1900 Army had.
It's too bad that every civilian knows what the Eagle, Globe & Anchor stands for, but so few recognize the blue cord. Both are representations of earning your way into a great brotherhood.
U.S.M.C. has an EXCELLENT public relations system.
I crossed to the Army Guard form the Marines. I went to the abbreviated 2 week prior service infantry MOS course at Ft. Knox. When I completed the course, and was waiting for my taxi, in my class A's, with my new blue cord and discs on, I was approached by one of the retarded course instructors who said "SGT. Schubeck, you cain't wear that cord and discs unless you got orders.". I told him, Yes, I could. He told me , No, you cain't. I reached down to my bag, pulled out the 670-1 I had, and showed him. He told me it was wrong. I told him that if he wanted the cord off of me, he wa going to have to take it off himself. And, that if he had the balls, he did not have permission to touch me, and I would whip his ***. He walked away.
BTW, this is the same, lame school where one of the "instructors" told us that "if you get lost in the woods, tie a whistle to your arrow, shoot it in the air, and "they" will hear you and rescue you"....I asked, where do I draw my bow and arrow from, supply or the armory, and just who the hell is "they"...?
Thats... a very strange experience.
I felt like Alice....
Sounds like. It's a good thing you only had to do 2 weeks of train up, but at the same time it's a shame because you can't encapsulate what it means to be an Army Infantryman in 2 weeks. I'm sure you were a credit to your unit and the Infantry Blue though.
Being an infantryman is a state of mind, it can't be imparted by a school. I loved it. having spent 8 years as a Marine, before switching, I wa a little ahead of the game. I felt for the prior squids and air force guys, that didn't know any better, who received some of the crap instruction...
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