History of Military Guidons
In the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, a guidon is a military standard that company or platoon-sized elements carry to signify their unit designation and corps affiliation or the title of the individual who carries it. A basic guidon can be rectangular, but often has a triangular portion removed from the fly (known as "swallow-tailed"). See our custom Military Portolio for examples of our work.
You will see below that the Army has the most variety among their standard guidons while the Air Force and Navy have a single standard that is used for all groups. All military forces often have non-standard guidons for specific units such as the Navy SeaBees or other specific commands within the Air Force for example. The Marine's have only one official standard rectangular design guidon for all but one company. Charlie Company 1st Battalion 7th Marines or "Suicide Charley" is the only Marine unit authorized a second guidon in the United States Marine Corps; a white rectangular guidon with a skull and crossbones. Read more about "Suicide Charley" the link will open in a new window. If you are seeking a Suicide Charley guidon or other custom unit or company guidons for any military branch give our Flag Experts a call at 1.800.445.0653 or send a custom quote request. You can read our testimonials here from customers...we've been in business almost 40 years so we know how to answer all of your flag questions.