A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess enhanced Azure and Tenné issuant from base a staircase supporting six columns, in chief a heraldic tiger passant guardant Argent. Attached below a Silver scroll inscribed "AD ASTRA PER ASPERA" in Blue letters.
Blue, orange and white are the school colors. The tiger is the school mascot. The six columns represent trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, the school's six "values of character." The staircase indicates the cadets' desire to achieve those values. The Latin phrase "AD ASTRA PER ASPERA" translated to "To the Stars Through Difficulties."
The shoulder loop insignia was approved 8 May 1997.