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Indonesian military flags

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The Indonesian military flags (those of the air force, army, navy, and police force) all have the same basic design, a unicolor background defaced with a golden emblem on the observe side, and display a particular emblem on the reverse side: the national Coat-of-Arms for the main flags (these represent the whole armed forces, the whole army, the whole navy, the whole air force, and the whole police force), and the emblem of regional commands for lesser category.

For example: the flag of the whole Indonesian Army has the national coat of arms on the reserve side, while the flags of the divisions and brigades of the Army Regional Commands of Siliwangi who guard West Java have the emblem of Siliwangi in the reverse: a tiger's head.

Rank flags are another case. The Indonesian military rank flags have a basic design like those of the United States army or air force, but defaced with an emblem in the canton. All display a particular number of golden stars (corresponding to the officer's rank) from 1-4. This is the case for both the observe and reverse sides.

For this series I've only made flags for the whole army, the whole air force, the whole navy, and the whole police force with their rank flags. Non-rank flags aret displayed in their full presentation set, with particular finial, cord and tassel, and fringe. As far as I know they are always displayed with full decorations.
Sammy Kanadi, 21 May 2000