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I picked these up in Canton this week end for a buck a piece. I know the AF changed the design in 1990. Since these are cut edge , I assuume they are 50s to 60s era.

 

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Jerry Wise,SGT.,TXARNG,RET.

 

 

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The merrowed edge stripes started to be phased in in 1968. I think they are 1950's to 1960's stripes. I joined the Air Force in 1968 and the stripes I was issued for Airman were a mix of cut edge and merrowed and by when I got out in 1972 I think they were all merrowed.

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These could be as late as 1980's. The new Master Sgt. chevrons came out in '92-'94 time frame.

 

This gives me an opportunity to ask: Does anyone know of a firm cutoff date for the old E-7 -8 -9 chevrons? I've looked through all the '92-'94 issues of Airman magazine and can't find anything.

 

Thanks,

Justin B.

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New specifications were issued for the new USAF chevrons on 9 March 1994. This changed the colors to white on graphite blue and re-arranged the stripes for Master Sgt. & up. This is according to an article in the ASMIC Trading Post from 1994. This change also eliminated the 3" wide chevrons and replaced those with the now current 3 1/2" wide stripes for wear by females and on male shirts. The 4" wide chevrons continued to be the size for male uniform coats. I don't know what the "wear-out", period was for the obsolete chevrons. This same change also described the subdued chevrons for the BDU's being worn and also the desert chevrons colors.

Hope this helps.

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