On a maroon hexagon, 3 3/8 inches (8.57 cm) in height and 1 7/8 inches (4.76 cm) in width overall, a white serpent encircling the vertical blade of a yellow sword point up with red flames, and in base the arched segment of a white globe; all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border.
Maroon and white are the colors used for medical organizations. The flames symbolize the benefits and advancements in medicine brought about by the efforts of research and development. The unsheathed sword signifies the Command's past role in a combat area and the continual ability to function in a combat mode through readiness. The single serpent indicates that the medical research program is limited to those problems which are unique to the military. The spherical segment denotes the worldwide activities of the Command. The hexagon alludes to the symbol used in chemical formulas for the structure of matter. Yellow (or gold) is symbolic of achievement.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 5 February 1979. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-637)