A brassard is an approximate triangular shaped piece of fabric designed to be worn around the upper arm, held in place by a shoulder strap on the clothing underneath. It is used as an item of military uniform to which unit, qualification or rank badges may be attached, instead of to the actual clothing. For alternate meanings, such as the musical instrument, see triangle (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Textile be merged into this article or section. ... A shoulder strap is a piece of fabric used to support clothing or other items from the shoulder of the wearer. ... Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in military dress uniform, with medals. ...
It is frequently used by cadets, since not only is clothing exchanged between individuals more often (as they leave or join the organisation, or as they grow) but a cadet's progress through the rank structure is also far more rapid than in the regular forces (compressing a twenty-year ascent from CDT to CUO into six years). If brassards were not used, each promotion or visit to the stores would involve a lot of unpicking and possibly re-sewing. However. brassards are issued and used in regular forces as well, for example by mechanics who can "take their rank with them" between changes of coveralls. Cadet refers to a person or people who are junior in some way. ...
The word brassard (also brassart or brasset) is also used to refer to pieces of armour worn on the upper arms. A hoplite wearing (only) a helmet, breastplate greaves and a shield. ...
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