Not long ago I was watching a military breifing on one of the cable news outlets. The title graphic gave the officers name and rank below his picture. His was a Major, but I forgot his name (and it isn’t all that important for my question anyway).
This guy was US Army and wearing the ‘desert-style’ camouflage BDU with the subdued rank insignia. In his case he had a flat black colored oak leaf centered on his cap. Because of the graphic shown on the screen I knew he was a Major. I then wondered how (if at all) one would distinguish between a Major (gold oak leaf) and a Lt. Colonel (silver oak leaf) when the rank insignia is the subdued version.
I’ve looked this up on Google and haven’t found a quick answer, so I thought I’d toss it out here. I know I’ll find an answer here.