Sometimes nicknamed “butterbars” or “nuggets” in reference to the gold bar insignia, the rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force is the 17th overall and entry-level commissioned officer designation. The 2LT 2nd Lieutenant O1 ABU Sew On Rank by Action Embroidery is an ideal way to identify one’s position, featuring sew-on application and the high-quality construction you would expect from a long-standing supplier of U.S. military emblems.
While most officers holding this position are moved up from the previous rank, early promotion can occur for those who display exemplary leadership and experience in the field. Regardless of how the rank is earned, a second lieutenant is expected to serve as a role model for those of lower designations and therefore maintaining high standards of personal presentation is a crucial requirement.
Since 1943, the Department of Defense has authorized Action Embroidery as one of the primary suppliers of shoulder sleeve insignia for the U.S. Armed Forces. All emblems are submitted for review by the Institute of Heraldry before entering into production, ensuring full compliance with government requirements. Action Embroidery’s manufacturing process is performed exclusively in the United States for quality you can trust.