The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH) is a US Army organization that is responsible for providing heraldic services for all branches of the federal government to include the US Air Force. This includes designing and produce official renderings of seals and emblems. TIOH has a color palette that it used when designing and rendering emblems. This color palette can then be translated by manufacturers so they can produce patches using the appropriate military standard specification yarn.  TIOH in conjunction with the US Air Force also developed palettes for subdued, desert and Operational Camouflage Uniform (OCP) emblems.

The following tables show the official TIOH names for each of the colors, the yarn color, and the Pantone Management System (PMS) number. These are all from the TIOH. For the hex color code, the PMS number was converted on the Pantone website. PMS has different numbers for coated and coated, the hex values for coated were used in these tables.

TIOH Color Palette

Subdued Palette

Desert Palette

OCP Palette

The Institute of Heraldry Color Palette

Source: The Institute of Heraldry
(.JPG Version)

Swatch Color Yarn Pantone Matching System (PMS) Hex Color Code
(Pantone Coated)
Black 67138 #000000
Smoke 67201 425 #4D5254
Silver Gray 67137 422 #999D9F
White 67101 #FFFFFF
Air Force Yellow 67103 116 #FDCA00
Yellow 67108 123 #FDC314
Golden Orange 67109 1375 #FF9800
Orange 67110 1655 #F94700
Marine Corps Scarlet 67154 185 #E10027
Scarlet 67111 200 #B7002A
Crimson 67112 220 #A1004D
Brick Red 67113 202 #811E2D
Garnet 67158 209 #681E36
Maroon 67114 504 #4F1E2C
Purple 67115 267 #57189B
Brittany 67119 551 #9DC3D1
Bluebird 67117 542 #74AAD2
Oriental 67172 285 #006ECC
Light Blue 67120 5415 #557A92
Ultramarine 67118 Reflex #000E86
Cobalt Blue 67122 281 #001957
Flag 67124 282 #00163C
Old Glory 67178 280 #002b7f
Grotto Blue 67165 3115 #00BDD3
Teal 67121 3035 #00384C
Mosstone 67127 377 #759600
Emerald 67128 369 #5BA300
Irish 67189 348 #008037
Green 67129 357 #165129
Spruce Green 67130 3302 #00463E
Bottle Green 67191 343 #005038
Army Green 67131 553 #1D3F2B
Olive Drab 67133 455 #63530F
Natural 67192 454 #C9C6A7
Khaki 67193 452 #ACA67B
Buff 67135 465 #B59357
Bronze 67147 847
Gold Brown 67194 471 #B45B18
Spice Brown 67196 168 #6D3010
Brown 67136 161 #5C3714

Subdued Color Palette

(Used for Green Fatigues and Battle Dress Uniform)
Source: Controlled Multiple Address Letter (CMAL) Number 95-32 (1 November 1995)

Swatch Color Yarn PMS Hex
Black 67138 #000000
Flag 67124 282 #00163C
Spruce Green 67130 3302 #00463E
Olive Drab 67133 455 #63530F

Desert Color Palette

(Used for Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCUs) and Desert Flightsuits)
Source: Controlled Multiple Address Letter (CMAL) Number 95-32 (1 November 1995)

Swatch Color Yarn PMS Hex
Black 67138 #000000
Khaki 67193 452 #ACA67B
Spice Brown 67196 168 #6D3010

Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) Palette

Source: Controlled Multiple Address Letter (CMAL) Number 18-01 (20 September 2018)

Swatch Color Yarn PMS Hex
Black 67138 #000000
Olive Drab 67133 455 #63530F
Bagby Green 67204 399 #9B8E00
Spice Brown 67196 168 #6D3010