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In the United States military, frocking is the practice of a commissioned or non-commissioned officer selected for promotion wearing the insignia of the higher grade before the official date of promotion (the "date of rank"). An officer who has been selected for promotion may be authorized to "frock" to the next grade.What is the origin of the term 'frocking'?
The original use of the term "frocking" to describe the current policy is also unclear, but probably is of recent vintage as it does not appear in earlier documents (18th-19th century). The 1974 version is the earliest Bureau of Naval Personnel Manual to contain the policy itself and refer to it as "frocking.".What is a frocked officer entitled to?
Frocked officers are not entitled to additional pay, but are accorded the courtesies of the higher grade. SECNAVINST 1420.2B provides guidance on frocking, and frocking is contingent upon a determination that wearing the higher grade is essential to an officer's maximum effectiveness in the assigned billet.What are the consequences of frocking in the Army?
Authority to wear the grade of rank to which frocked will not be recorded in official orders. A frocked officer is not entitled to the pay and allowances commensurate with the grade of rank to which frocked. A frocked officer does not accrue seniority for future promotion consideration.