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  1. Hello,
    I am at a loss. I have read the Navy flag manual and still don’t completely understand which finials are to be used on the National Ensign, Navy flag, and each other branch, according to the Navy while posted indoors. Also, is there a difference in finials to be used while on a Navy only Color Guard (2 rifles, Ensign and Navy Flag)?
    Please help! We currently have all Presidential Eagle finials on top of ALL of the branch flags including the National Ensign and I know this is incorrect. From reading, I believe the brass battle ax should be atop the Navy flag and National Ensign, but what about the other branches? We are so UNSAT right now and I am in dire need of getting this corrected ASAP!
    Thank you so much for any info you can provide!

    1. Ms. Aubry,

      Thank you for contacting me. I love these kinds of questions!

      Are you in an active duty/reserve/guard unit or veteran organization? Not that it matters, just curious.

      You are correct, the spread eagle is not authorized for military organizations for any color. For all of your colors that are posted indoors, the Army spade/spear is going to be the finial you need since, in a joint setting, the Army standard is the standard for all. If you were just posting the Ensign and the Navy color, tge battle ax would be the standard. The staffs for the indoor colors can be the light ashe 2-part guidon staffs OR, unofficially, the dark brown, which are more aesthetically pleasing.

      For your color team (guard) you will need the 2-piece light Ashe staffs. The authorized finial for the Ensign and service color for a Navy- or Coast Guard-only is the battle ax.

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