Gold Scrambled Eggs Patch Set (1599)
* Includes 4 Patches (2 Sets)
* Gold Color Patches
* Right & Left Patch
* Also known as Scrambled Eggs.
* Great to add on official hats
* Iron On Patch Set
* Color: Gold, Yellow, Rayon.
* Dimensions: 4" W x 2" H
Scrambled eggs (American English) or scrambled egg (British English) is a slang term for the typically leaf-shaped embellishments found on the visors of peaked caps worn by military officers and (by metonymy) for the senior officers who wear them. The phrase is derived from the resemblance that the emblems have to scrambled eggs, particularly when the embellishments are gold in color.
Today the "scrambled eggs" emblem, in one form or another, has been adopted by the majority of the world's navies. Exceptions include the French Navy and Italian Armed Forces, which use, respectively, embroideries or different varieties of chin straps on the officers' cap bands to indicate seniority. Although the use of the term is principally military, some civilians (such as airline and merchant ship captains and (primarily in the United States) senior uniformed law enforcement officers) have similar embellishments on the peaks or visors of their hats.
In the United States armed forces, "scrambled eggs" is the nickname for the golden oak leaf embellishments (known as fretting) on the bills of dress hats (called service caps in the Army and combination covers in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) worn by field grade and general officers in the rank and grade of major (O-4) or higher in the Army and Marine Corps, and senior and flag officers in the rank and grade of commander (O-5) or higher in the Navy and Coast Guard. The embellishments are also on the service caps of (Army) chief warrant officer 3 to chief warrant officer 5 (CW-3 to CW-5). Thus, Army CW-3 to CW-5 officers have the embellished visors while Army O-1 to O-3 officers, who hold a higher rank, do not. Major (O-4) and higher ranks in the Air Force wear silver clouds and lightning bolts in lieu of oak leaves, sometimes referred to as "farts and darts". The difference in grades when an officer assumes the wearing of embellishments is peculiar to the individual customs and traditions of each service, i.e., the Navy and Coast Guard consider the grade of O-4 to be a junior officer rank, while the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps consider it to be a field grade officer rank. At the flag or general officer level, O-7 and higher, additional embellishments are added to distinguish them from the USN/USCG senior officer and United States/USAF/USMCfield grade officer ranks.