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Captain Rex wearing a pauldron

A pauldron was a piece of padded armor worn by clone troopers and stormtroopers. It and sat on the shoulders around a wearer's neck and offered additional protection. It was typically used to signify rank or expertise by officers or specialized troops, such as ARC troopers. Throughout the Clone Wars, pauldrons were frequently customized with colors to show unit affiliation, and there existed different designs.