On a white arrowhead shaped device edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border, 3 5/16 inches (8.41 cm) in height by 2 13/16 inches (7.14 cm) in width overall a red building structure at the University of South Dakota with gray details and shaded black. Attached below a white trapezoid scroll edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border and inscribed "UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA" in black letters.
Red and white are the colors of the University of South Dakota. Red reflects the university's location on the Vermillion River. The building structure represents the heritage of the university and the dedication of the cadets to their education, community and country.
The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) was originally authorized 9 September 1958, and amended 25 February 1964, on 4 January 2000 a new description and symbolism of the new design was authorize. (TIOH Drawing Number A-10S-154)