Military saber

 In fact, most officers in the military have ceremonial swords, and training in swords is part of officer training.

Fencing is mandatory in the Italian military academies.

The U.S. Army: The official nomenclature for the current regulation U.S. The M1902 saber was authorized for all officers with the exception of Chaplains. As a presentation saber, the M1902 is also sometimes given to newly commissioned officers of distinction or as retirement or change of command gifts.

The U.S. Marine Corps:  A sword may be worn with full dress uniform when the individual is in command of troops in formation—the Mameluke sword for officers, the NCO sword for NCOs and SNCOs. When wearing the sword and Dress Blue coat, officers wear the Sam Browne belt. For enlisted, the sword is worn with a white waistbelt and brass buckle when wearing the Dress Blue coat. The Marine Corps is the only branch of the United States military which regularly allows NCOs to carry a sword. For enlisted Marines, they earn the right to carry the NCO sword and wear the scarlet blood stripe on their blue trousers when they achieve the rank of Corporal.

The U.S. Navy: Depending on the occasion, officers may also wear swords with either Full Dress White or Blue. Both the white and blue uniforms are worn with the distinctive peaked cap with white cover.

The U.S. Cost Guard: USCG officers wear shoulder boards rather than sleeve stripes, as well as medals (for Full Dress White) or ribbons (for Service Dress White), combination cover, and sword (for Full Dress White). The uniform is nearly identical to the Navy’s Full Dress Whites, but the buttons and combination cover device are Coast Guard specific.

Swords in U.S. active service

  1. Model 1840 Army Noncommissioned Officers’ Sword A modern version of this sword with steel scabbard is currently permitted for wear by US Army platoon sergeants and first sergeants; in practice it is rarely seen outside the 3rd Infantry Regiment and honor guards.
  2. Model 1852 Navy Officers’ Sword
  3. Model 1860 Navy CPO Cutlass (authorized only for ranks of Chief to Master Chief)
  4. Model 1902 Army Officers’ Sword
  5. Coast Guard Officers’ Sword
  6. Marine Noncommissioned Officers’ Sword, 1859–Present
  7. Marine Officers’ Mameluke Sword, 1825–present (discontinued shortly from 1859 to 1875)
  8. Air Force Academy Cadets’ Sword, c. 1955–present
  9. West Point Cadets’ Sword, c. 1922–present

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