|The Pipes & Drums patch is awarded to all members of the band in good standing. In order to be considered a member in good standing of the band, each cadet must meet the following standards during each academic year as outlined in the SOP.
Gold Star. The Gold Star is awarded to a Pipes & Drums band members in direct participation, or direct support, of an event or performance where USCC Pipes & Drums defeats Navy Pipes & Drums in a third party graded competition. Subsequent defeat of Navy earns the band member additional Gold Stars. Gold stars are worn above the Pipes & Drums DCA patch.
Only one patch may be worn on the front of the Cadet Black Jacket. Patch must be worn on the left chest, above the heat. Multiple stars can be worn.