We can observe in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) that rebel soldiers, snowspeeder pilots and sensor controllers, stationed at Echo Base on Hoth, wore uniforms with distinguishing rectangular grey ID plates displaying a horizontal row of four square colored buttons.

Luke Skywalker has the mentioned ID plates in his orange snowspeeder flight jacket and winter uniform. Princess Leia has an ID plate at the top left side of her white officer uniform, and Han Solo sports an ID plate in his winter uniform. The square colors on the plates vary from one to another character and uniform.

The plates in question resemble an electronic device and are different from the rebel domino type rank insignia with dots wear by officers like General Carlist Rieekan.

Rebel Alliance Sourcebook (by West End Games) describes the ID plates as follows:

Rebel base outpost, safe world and Fleet personnel wear identification plates. ID plates are magnetically encoded with their wearer's rank and clearance. Security door scanners read the ID plates and will deny access (and possibly sound and alarm) if the wearer attempts to enter an area he is not cleared for. The ID plate is usually wore on the chest, opposite to rank insignia.

The Star Wars Visual dictionary (by DK) and the Star Wars Technical Journal volume 3 (by Stalog) identify the ID plates as a rank badge insignia and none of them elaborate on the plates.

Is there any explanation of the meaning of the four square colored buttons in those ID plates?

Still picture of ESB showing Leia and ID plate in question

Still picture of ESB showing Luke in winter uniform and ID plate in question

Still picture of ESB showing Luke snowspeeder and ID plate in question

Still picture of ESB showing Han Solo and ID plate in question

SW Visual Dictionary and SW Technical Journal V3 showing ID plate tag

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    Pretty sure they're some kind of rank insignia - if you look at the deck officer that Han calls on, and then the guy played by John Ratzenberger, they're wearing them, too - but can't find anything that decodes them, yet.
    – HorusKol
    Mar 27 at 9:11
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    Rieekan seems to be one of the only person wearing the lozenge-pack style badge. Actually, Ratzenberger is wearing a lozenge-pack.
    – HorusKol
    Mar 27 at 9:21
  • Can you describe each one, I can’t see any of the pictures. May 12 at 12:11


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