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United States Customs insignia

Unread postby Herrwiggly » Wed Nov 27, 2002 11:25 am

Hi, herrwiggly here. On looking through the ranks from America page I notice there is no mention of U.S. customs rank insignia. Is there a national customs service or does it vary from state to state? Anybody have any info. on this? Cheers :D :D Bye for now.
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Unread postby sketor7558 » Wed Nov 27, 2002 6:23 pm

Go to rank shoulder boards in here http://www.customs.gov/contract/upg.pdf
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Unread postby Herrwiggly » Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:34 am

Hi everybody, I'''ve been trying to find US Customs rank insignia for a long long time now but it still eludes me. can annyone shed any light on thiis subject?. :?: :?: :?: Any help woulld be most appreciated. Cheers.
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:59 pm

Its similar to US Army officers, its worn in the form of bars, oak leaves, eagles, etc on push on shoulder boards
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Unread postby sponsbob » Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:24 pm

its also the same als the US Coast Guard.
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Unread postby jrichardn » Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:42 pm

Here’s some non-information for you … with the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the inspectors of the Immigration & Naturalization Service joined Customs officers in the new Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (CBP). Both now wear identical uniforms, with the large CBP flash on each shoulder. The uniform is dark blue, basically the same as the old Customs Service uniform. About the only way you can tell the immigration officers from “real” Customs officers is that the latter are armed (in the U.S.).

The insignia of rank I’ve seen are worn on the collars. They are military pin style, from W-1 up to O-5 - that’s the highest I’ve seen (as discussed below).

I have a so-called TN visa, which allows me to do project-specific work in the United States. It has to be renewed every year. Two or three years ago, the immigration officer I dealt with was, in a word, chatty. I asked him what his collar insigne represented (it was the W-2 or -3 bar) and he said he didn’t know! He told me his GS grade, which I don’t recall; I do wonder if that’s all the insigne represents.

A year and a half ago I had a meeting with the senior staff in the U.S. Customs Southern California District (which covers the busiest port complex in the U.S.). The Supervising Customs Inspector was in uniform (and his gun :-) ). We wore the O-5 (Lieutenant Colonel) leaves on his collar. The meeting was quite solemn and serious (and we were supplicants for Customs help), so I didn’t want to bring up something so hobby-ish as rank insignia. I believed I’d be meeting again, less formally, with the O-5 and I’d have the chance then to ask him. Unfortunately, CBP decided not to participate in the project. We may meet with them at the project’s conclusion in a month or so. If the O-5 is there I’ll definitely ask him about the bureau’s insignia of rank.

Cheers, Richard Nelson
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Unread postby jrichardn » Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:45 pm

Darn! I forgot to add that the Border Patrol followed the immigration inspectors into the new CBP, but they have their own uniforms and rank scheme.

Cheers again, Richard Nelson
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Wed Jul 13, 2005 11:29 pm

jrichardn wrote:Darn! I forgot to add that the Border Patrol followed the immigration inspectors into the new CBP, but they have their own uniforms and rank scheme.

Cheers again, Richard Nelson
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Border Patrol is similar, ive seen Warrent Officer, as well as 1 and 2 silver bar insignia. As well as 1 and 4 silver star ranks. Ive also seen CBP inspectors with silver eagles.
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Unread postby sponsbob » Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:25 pm

nice links chriswi
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Unread postby Luke » Sat Jul 16, 2005 8:01 pm

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Chief, Office of Border Patrol

Source: High Resolution Images of CBP Leadership
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/abou ... es_images/
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Unread postby Luke » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:05 pm

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Chief Border Patrol Agent = 2 stars

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Border Patrol Agent in Charge = Silver Oakleaf
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:58 pm

Well well well, it appears we have made some gains here:

http://forums.realpolice.net/showthread.php?t=71851
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Trainee Officer

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GS7 and GS9 Officers

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GS11 Officer

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Enforcement Officer

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Team Leader

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GS12 Supervisor

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GS13 Chief

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GS14 Assistant Port Director

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Port Director

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Director of Field Operations

I do believe that there are 3 and 4 star ranks as well, but I dont know the exact titles but I will try and find out.
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