Flags used by USPS


This page shows various flags used by USPS members and provides links to pages which contain additional information and images.

Note, the flags may not be drawn to scale. In many cases.

Information on flag display


Flag and Etiquette Committee

 Flag and Etiquette

Committee Members

/C Kenneth T. Perigo, SN

Assistant Chair

Stf/C Howard A. Sklar, AP


P/C Thomas P. Butler, Jr., AP
P/R/C Charles D. Davenport, SN
D/Lt/C Bill F. Erdmann, SN
P/R/C Frank M. Katz, SN
P/D/Lt/C Billie Kearney, N
James T. Liston, Esq.

Lt/C Kurt W Mikat SN

Lt Barry Rush SN

Members Emeritus
P/R/C James C. Acheson, SN
P/R/C Richard H. Jarmon, SN
P/R/C Albert P. Parker, SN
P/R/C Ellsworth J. "E.J." Sacks, SN

P/R/C Donald C. Schult, Sr., AP
P/R/C Barbara Spraggins, AP
P/R/C Joseph A. Tringali, SN
P/R/C Lowell G. "Lew" Ward, SN
P/R/C James A. Williams, JN

The USPS Flag and Etiquette Committee is the guardian of the traditions of the sea and of USPS. It bears responsibility for matters of procedure and protocol, ceremonies, uniforms and proper display of USPS flags, burgees and pennants. It responds to questions from districts, squadrons and individual members on any of these areas. Its message is: Do it right.

In 1998, USPS in consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, New York Yacht Club and other yachting authorities developed an updated nautical flag code, How to Fly Flags, Nautical flag Display for use on private vessels. The new nautical flag code is flexible enough to accommodate the wide variation in construction of modern pleasure craft. New configurations of boats, riggings and the like have slightly modified the traditional points of honor. Use of antennas, fishing towers, outriggers, sailboat backstays, portside halyards, and double hoisting are all new to the nautical flag code. The booklet is available from USPS Headquarters and various marine retailers around the country



50 and 75 Year Anniversary Flag Procedures


The Flag and Etiquette Committee has established a standard configuration for use throughout USPS, which will identify any squadron or district that has reached its 50- or 75-year anniversary. This configuration consists of a gold band along each side of the fly of the flag representing 50 years and a platinum band representing 75 years.

Once the change is approved by the squadron (if a squadron burgee) or the district (if a district flag), the following must be submitted:

  • Certificate of approval from the commander (or secretary) acknowledging approval, with the date.
  • Either a digital image of the design, with accurate portrayal of its colors, measuring approximately 7 x 10 inches or a picture of similar size that can be scanned into such an image, on the fly. Transmittal of either of these may be by any appropriate method. Should this be difficult or impossible, the assistant chairman of FECom, should be consulted who will work to achieve a satisfactory result. A FECom member will edit the depiction as required to render a suitable copy for project at a Governing Board meeting and inclusion on the FECom web page.
  • A short explanation of the heraldry of the flag.

The submission should be sent to the Staff Commander of the Flag & Etiquette Committee.

District approval is no longer required for squadron anniversary burgees. While we would like to obtain the heraldry, lack of it will not hold up the approval process. The Staff Commander will notify the squadron or district when the flag is approved.

Recognizing that burgees and flags are made in several sizes and that some existing designs may have conflicts with these colors, the Flag and Etiquette Committee has made the configuration precise and universally applicable. Since the terms "gold" and "platinum" convey different things to different people, they are defined by specific color codes. If the flag's current design (or heraldry) is changed in any way not specified in these procedures, the procedures for a new or revised flag must be followed.

Specifications for a 50-year Burgee or Flag

A single band of gold (PMS 123 or equivalent) along both angled edges (the width of each band measuring 1/24 of the hoist or 1/2 inch on a 12-inch burgee) is attached outward of the original burgee or flag. In order to retain the usual 12-by-18 inch dimensions, the original burgee or flag is reduced to 11/12 of the original size. This helps retain the original heraldry and design. Should the existing burgee or flag have a significant yellow border, the anniversary band may be separated from the existing burgee or flag field by a narrow band (1/192 of the hoist or 1/16-inch on a 12-by-18 inch burgee) of a contrasting color. The contrasting color should be selected from the dominant colors of the existing burgee or flag.


(RGB 255, 198, 30)
Specifications for a 75-year Burgee or Flag

The specifications are the same as those for the 50-year burgee or flag, but instead of gold, a single band of platinum (PMS 442 or equivalent) should run along both the fly of the burgee or flag (angled edges of a burgee.)


PMS 442*
(RGB 186, 191, 183)
* The above PMS colors patches will only display as accurate as the calibration of your monitor or printer.




Use of Regulation Sash when Uniform A or B is specified

In order to show their USPS accomplishments, women members may wear a regulation sash over appropriate formal attire (not the uniform) at events where the specified uniform is either A or B with bow tie. The sash may be either white or black, coordinating with the dress which is worn. It is worn over the left shoulder, fastened with a shoulder tab which may bear an insigne of rank. It comes together and is fastened at the right hip with the front portion on top. The sash must bear a USPS emblem with grade (if any) but without rank, positioned one-quarter of the way from shoulder to hip. The sash is not to be worn when a woman is acting in an official capacity. For a source of the sash contact the Flag and Etiquette Committee.

Insignia of rank or position are sewn on a soft black shoulder tab as with the regulation white shirt (both short and long-sleeve), windbreaker, sweater or raincoat. Material for the tabs is similar to that used for the backing on insignia applied to the black uniform (shade 3346), folded into a sleeve with the specific insigne centered on the exposed portion. Insofar as possible, gold and silver insignia are to be of Mylar. The tab is designed to slide onto a shoulder strap stitched at the shoulder seam only. Tabs may not fit properly on some “police shirts” sometimes sold for use as USPS uniforms, as additional shoulder stitching significantly reduces the free end of the strap.


This sash shall be white or regulation navy in color; 3 1/2 inches wide; made of sheen finished polyester gabardine material, lined with mid-weight interfacing; edged all around with 1/4 inch satin covered sewn in cording of the same color as the sash material; worn over the left shoulder and fastened with the front portion on top, at the right hip; sized such that the length from the hip fastener to the end is 15 inches". Note that the length of the sash below the fastener (15 inches) will require a 20 degree change in angle so that the sash will hang vertically.

There are three further stipulations:

1. It shall have one soft shoulder tab denoting rank or title affixed at the left shoulder. A woman not holding rank or title would display a plain, otherwise regulation shoulder tab,

2. It shall have the USPS emblem attached at the front center parallel with the axis of the sash except that no rank shall be indicated thereon (grade is allowed.)

3. It shall have no other insignia attached, affixed or otherwise made a part thereof.