Military rank epaulettes, worn on the shoulders of military uniforms, identify the military ranks. The Chinese People's Liberation Army implemented the military rank system from 1955 to 1965. In 1988, the rank system was re-implemented.
The military epaulets
of navy, army and air force are distinguished by the color of the epaulette border and the bar: The army is red; the navy is black; and the air force is sky blue. The officers of the Three Armies distinguish the ranks by the number of stars and bars. The General has no bars and only stars; the Colonel has two bars; the Eunuch has a bar; the Marshal's epaulettes embroidered with the national emblem, decorated with a three-dimensional five-star, without bars.