Within an oval silver metal wreath of laurel, 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in height and 2 inches in width (5.08 cm) overall, the shield of the United States (the chief in blue enamel and the 13 stripes alternating white and red enamel) superimposed on four gold metal unsheathed swords, two in pale and two in saltire with points to chief, the points and pommels resting on the wreath, the blades and grips entwined with a gold metal continuous scroll surrounding the shield with the word “JOINT” at the top and the words “CHIEFS OF STAFF” at the bottom, all in blue enamel letters.Miniature Size
The miniature badge is 1 1/2 inches (3.81 cm) in height and 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in width. The design is the same as the regular badge except the shield on the miniature has 9 stripes.Lapel Button
The lapel button is 9/16 inch (1.43 cm) in height and 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) in width and is of the same design as the badges except the shield has 5 stripes.
Laurel is symbolic of achievement, courage, and victory. The four unsheathed swords refer to the armed might of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps and their combined constant vigilance and readiness in the defense of the United States.
Criteria for the award of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Identification Badge is established by JCS Memorandum of Policy (MOP) 142.
Proposed designs were prepared by The Institute of Heraldry and submitted to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 21 February 1963. On 2 April 1963, the JCS approved a MOP, which established the JCS Identification Badge.