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On a Green disc edged Yellow, The Great Seal of the United States blazoned: Paleways of thirteen pieces, Argent and Gules, a chief Azure. The escutcheon on the breast of the American eagle displayed Proper. Holding in his dexter talon an olive branch and in his sinister, a bundle of thirteen arrows, all Proper, and in his beak a scroll of the first inscribed with a motto "E PLURIBIS UNUM" Sable. Crest: Over the head of the eagle, a glory Or, breaking through a cloud Proper and surrounding thirteen stars, forming a constellation Argent, on a field Azure. Encircled by a Black designation band inscribed "UNITED STATES" to chief and "ARMY" in base, between which are eight stars, four to dexter and four to sinister all Yellow. The designation band is surrounded by a Green border edged with a Yellow inner and outer border.

The most prominent feature is the American Bald Eagle supporting the shield (escutcheon) which is composed of thirteen red and white stripes, representing the original States all joined. The blue chief unites the States and represents Congress. The motto translated "One From Many" alludes to each State as part of the Union. The colors in the shield are those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence; red hardiness and valor; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. The olive branch and arrows denote the power of peace and war. The constellation denotes a new state taking its place and rank among other sovereign powers.


Current Usage

The U.S. Army symbol may be authorized for non-Army commemorative and commercial uses under the Army Trademark Licensing Program. To obtain permission for use of this item, contact Mr. J. Scott Chafin at U.S. Army Legal Services Agency by email at james.s.chafin@us.army.mil or by telephone at (703) 696-8119.

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