Similar to the previously discussed Pteruges (or leather and brass studded strips worn as a form of groin protection), for Roman Officers and NCOs – The Cingulum was also used this way. However, the soldiers decorations (if awarded), were inlaid along the leather strapping. As more awards were given, they would be extended from the bottoms of the straps. Often quite long in some cases, The Cingulum could extend some 2 feet. Often Officers also used precious stones fashioned into their awards. They were also sometimes worn by retired Soldiers with their civilian dress as a way to show off their achievements (especially if they were “running” for Office).