US Army Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
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US ARMY INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE (IRR)
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device, 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width overall, consisting of a gold five-pointed star enclosed by a gold annulet issuing four gold arrowheads crosswise, all upon a gold wreath of laurel enclosing a background vertically divided, blue on the left and scarlet on the right.
The divided background of the device represents the dual status of the Individual Ready Reserve, that of civilian and soldier in reserve. The star and arrows symbolize command, deployment and flexibility. The four arrows issuing from the annulet simulate a compass and allude to the worldwide locations of the Reservists who comprise the Individual Ready Reserve. The gold wreath, in the shape of a triangle, alludes to the tricorn hat of colonial times and refers to the citizen soldier of that period. The wreath is laurel, a symbol of achievement, honor and high ideals.
The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 28 July 1988.
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