A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height consisting of a black arched shield bearing an open book with buff pages supporting a gold (transparent) crown issuing black feathers surmounted overall by a gold sword with black grip. Issuing from the crown and arcing below the shield, a black triparted scroll inscribed "COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE" in gold letters.
Black and gold are the school's colors. The ducal crown with feathers taken from the school's coat of arms alludes to the legendary local Native American, King Haigler, and suggests the school's heritage and location. The book reflects the cadet's academic studies and the sword reflects their military training.
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized 19 February 1992.