On a shield shaped embroidered item edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Black border blazoned as follows: Per bend sinister Vert and Argent, a torch of the last fimbriated Sable, inflamed Gules, fimbriated Sanguine, between four lightning bolts bend sinisterwise two and two from top to bottom; of the fourth, Azure, of the fifth, and of the third. Attached above the shield, a White arched scroll edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) Black border inscribed "THUNDERBOLTS" in Black letters. The overall dimensions are 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in height and 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) in width.
Green and white are the colors, which derived from the State of Georgia's "Work Ready" scholastic program. The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program at Vidalia High School is an element of the Career Academy. The color white, being neutral signifies the career Academy's neutrality in the world of high school sports. The schools where the cadets collectively hail from through the years are bitter sports rivals; the" Thunderbolts" represent all four schools. When the schools compete on the sporting fields, color guards consist of two cadets from each of the rival schools, thus illustrating the neutrality and teamwork principles taught in the JROTC curriculum. The torch signifies the cadet's incessant quest for truth, knowledge, community service and compassion for their fellow citizens. The red flame of the torch intimates that the cadet's education is yet not complete and that learning is a lifelong endeavor.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was authorized 22 December 2011. (TIOH Drawing Number A-10J-996)