US Army Criminal Investigation Command

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Arms of US Army Criminal Investigation Command

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of US Army Criminal Investigation Command

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Official blazon
English SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA. Description: On a blue octagon 2 1/2 inches in diameter and within a 1/8 inch red border, the latitude and longitude lines of a global map terminating in arrowheads within the angles of the border all in white, and at center on a red disc a white five-pointed star.

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches in height overall consisting of a gold five-pointed star with points protruding beyond the rim of a surmounted blue enamel disc bearing gold grid lines throughout simulating a web, overall in center a scarlet disc charged with a white enamel five-pointed star throughout, all enclosed by a wavy blue enamel scroll folded back on each side and terminating at base and inscribed at the top "DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE" in gold letters.


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The central star and the lines of the latitude and longitude suggesting a globe, together with the arrowheads marking the points of a compass, symbolize the basic mission of the Command: to perform and exercise centralized command, authority, direction and control of Army criminal investigation activities worldwide. Blue, white and red are the national colors.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The central star symbolizes centralized command. The grid lines allude to the latitude and longitude lines of the globe thus referring to the worldwide activities of the organization. The grid lines also suggest a stylized web, with the eight sides representing the eight geographical regions of the Command. The web, a symbol of criminal apprehension, is the result of methodical construction thus alluding to the scientific methods of criminal investigation. The outer points of the star further symbolize far-reaching authority. Blue, white and red are the National colors and gold is symbolic of achievement.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was authorized for the US Army Criminal Investigation Command on 12 Nov 1971. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved for the US Army Criminal Investigation Command on 6 Jun 1972. Unfortunately we have no information on the meaning or origin of these arms yet.

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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons and The Institute of Heraldry, US Army. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.

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