A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of two silver swords in saltire with pommels to base, the lateral and base areas between the swords of black and the upper area of red; surmounting the sword a blue disc divided throughout with five horizontal and vertical silver lines bearing at its center a black square, point up, with a silver dot; the disc is also issuing three rays to each lateral area and to base and a broad arrowhead that extends beyond at the top all silver; on a silver scroll issuing from under the base of the blades and passing over the pommels in base the inscription "STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE," in black.
The square and dot simulate an observation apparatus, the disc represents a globe, and the divisions symbolize a network. The arrowhead connotes martial readiness, while the rays symbolize all facets of sound, light and vibratory systems. All represent the collection, processing and dissemination of information functions of a Military Intelligence unit. The swords refer to defensive and offensive counterintelligence methods. The white arrowhead dividing the red area suggests the coat of arms of Kaiserslautern in Germany, symbolizing service there.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 16 February 1979.