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Rex pauldron

Captain Rex of the 501st Legion sported an upswept pauldron during the Clone Wars.

Pauldrons were colored pieces of padded material worn by some clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic, and later by stormtroopers of the Imperial Armed Forces. The pauldron designated either a specific rank or an area of expertise. Occasionally, during times of internal struggle within the Galactic Empire, the colors and markings on pauldrons were used to signify allegiance to specific leaders or factions.[source?] On the other hand, for clones, while this was indeed used to show rank, pauldrons could also be called customizations made to their armor rather than something strictly relating to one's position. Over the period of the Clone Wars, the pauldron design changed frequently. Some Clone trooper commanders wore two, such as Fives. Others were more protruding, and some less. Shape and size also varied.


ARC Troopers "Fives" and "Echo" sporting the double-sided pauldron.


Stormtrooper sergeants pauldron

Imperial Stormtroopers Sergeant's pauldron

Sandtrooper pauldrons designated the following:

  • Black - Enlisted ranks
  • White - Sergeant
  • Orange - Squad Leader

Field Trooper pauldrons designated the following:

Imperial Marines and Imperial shock trooper pauldrons designated the following:

  • Orange - The normal color worn by these units. Orange colored pauldron was also standard equipped on the stormtrooper backpack

Some regular stormtrooper units from around 1.5 years ABY had pauldrons that designated the following:

  • Gray - Bombardier
  • Yellow - Rifleman
  • Red - Medic
  • Blue - Sniper
  • Orange - Captain

Phase I Clone trooper pauldrons designated the following:

  • Green - Sergeant
  • Blue - Lieutenant
  • Red - Captain
  • Yellow - Commander

Enlarged pauldron on the standard Senate Commando armor.

Phase II Clone Trooper Pauldrons:

  • Double-sided - ARC Trooper
  • Single-sided - Clone captain or Commander

NOTE:Senate Commandos were also known to wear pauldrons, but they had a different look to them. They are found on the left shoulder and are enlarged. Their pauldrons also deflect blaster fire.


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