A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 9/32 inches (3.25 cm) consisting of the shield, crest and motto of the coat of arms. Shield: Per fess debased Sky Blue and Lake Blue, a fess debased Green consisting of "Mt. Mansfield" and "The Camel's Hump" all Proper, in chief a cross couped Argent. Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Vermont Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Vert a buck's head erased within a garland of pine branches all Proper. Motto: PUT THE VERMONTERS AHEAD.
Shield: The shield above Mt. Mansfield and the Camel's Hump as seen from the west across Lake Champlain, the characteristic portion of the Green Mountains, recall not only the popular name of the State but also the record of the "Green Mountain Boys" in all the wars of the country and particularly in the Revolution. The silver cross was the badge of the old "Vermont Brigade," 2d Division, 6th Corps, one of the most famous Brigades of the Civil War and in which over one-third of all the men from Vermont served. The motto is General Sedgwick's famous order to the 6th Corps on 1 July 1863, when it started on its 32-mile march from Manchester to Gettysburg ? "Put the Vermonters ahead and keep the column closed up." Crest: The crest is that of the Vermont Army National Guard.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 172d Infantry Regiment on 14 August 1923. It was amended to change the blazon of the shield and supersede the original approval letter on 12 January 1924. It was redesignated for the 172d Armor Regiment on 20 February 1970. The insignia was redesignated for the 172d Cavalry Regiment on 10 October 2006.