US ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon

On a maroon oval 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height overall, a sword with hilt at the top and hand guard in the form of a pair of stylized wings, and below two serpents with heads facing center and bodies entwined about the blade all in white and all within an 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border.


Symbolism

Maroon and white are the colors used for the Army Medical Department. The wings and serpents allude to the caduceus symbol representing all medical services and the sword in place of the staff relates to the United States Army. The sword with point to base is symbolic of sacrifice and mercy and alludes to the noncombatant role of the medical services.


Background

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the US Army Health Services Command on 31 January 1973. It was amended to revise the description and symbolism on 12 May 1975. The insignia was redesignated for US Army Medical Command effective 2 October 1994, with the description revised. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-556)





Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a green pear-shaped scroll bearing in gold letters on the lower half the words "RESPONSIVE AND DEDICATED" and containing a maroon Greek cross surmounted by a gold lamp enflamed red and issuant out of each of the four angles a white pointed ray enclosed at either side by a gold serpent with heads at top facing inward and tails entwined behind the center of the cross and curving down at either side.


Symbolism

Maroon and white are the colors used for the Army Medical Department. Green was the color first used in the medieval age for academic gowns for medicine and is currently the academic color for medicine. In 1847, green was prescribed as the first Army Medical Department color. The cross is a traditional symbol for medical aid and assistance, and the lamp represents dedication and service. The white rays together with the arms of the cross relate to the points of the compass alluding to the broad scope of the Medical Command. The serpents, suggested by the branch insignia of the Army Medical Department, are symbolic of wisdom, prudence, renewal, and convalescence.


Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the US Army Health Services Command on 26 January 1973. It was redesignated for the US Army Medical Command effective 2 October 1994, with the description and symbolism revised.






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