US Army Infantry Rope

  • Medals And Decoration
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

An instantly recognized symbol of The United States Army, the iconic Uniform embellishment known as The “Infantry Rope”, is worn only by Soldiers who hold a Military Occupational Specialty of Infantryman. It is considered an Elite symbol. The Rope was created during The Korean War in 1952, as a way of establishing a higher morale for Infantrymen. The first Unit authorized to wear The Rope, was The 3rd Infantry Regiment  (currently serving as “The Old Guard” and tasked with Guard duties at The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia).


The Rope is made of a synthetic material. Which is braided in a Right over left pattern. It is a 2-foot long line that is looped over the Right Shoulder, through the Arm. It is connected to the Epaulet of The Dress Uniform  (underneath the attaching button). The Infantry Rope us only worn with The Full Dress Uniform, but on occasions, variations are allowed for specific functions, such as with the Fatigue Uniform.


The Award of The Rope (which is accompanied by Blue Plastic Foundation Disks for Branch Identifiers worn on The Front of The Uniform), is a mentally and physically demanding testing process, accomplished with Infantry Advanced Training (Schooling after Basic Training). Establishing one as an “Expert”, requires demonstrated abilities in a myriad of Courses. These are cumulated with a series of Forced Marches carrying a full “Combat Load” of 70-pounds (at distances of 12 to 25-miles). Regardless if a Soldier eventually changes his Occupational Specialty, he may retain the wear of The Rope.