A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a maroon hexagon, one point up, bearing on the two vertical sides a white curved segment on each side of a gold vertical flaming torch entwined with two gold serpents facing the flame, all in front of gold rays radiant from the hexagon and enclosed by a maroon scroll arched and touching the hexagon at the top inscribed "PROTECT," folded in back of the hexagon at the sides, and on a curve touching the base point inscribed "PROJECT-SUSTAIN," all letters gold.
Maroon and white are the colors used for the Army Medical Department. The entwined serpents are suggested by the Army Medical Corps branch insignia and are associated with the art of medical healing. The flaming torch serving as the support refers to the guiding light of research and knowledge developed by the Command. The hexagon represents the symbols used in chemical formulas for structure of matter. The white spherical segments together with the emanating rays represent the worldwide mission to provide facilities and materials for medical activities.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command on 4 Feb 1972. The insignia was redesignated for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command on 17 Nov 1994. On 21 Mar 1996 the insignia was amended to change the motto.