A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Quarterly Sable and Gules, in the first quarter a gutte dī Or, in the second quarter a silhouette of a sun in splendor over a landscape, emitting a river, crossed over with a stone bridge, in the third quarter a caduceus, and in the fourth quarter a Tarblooder. Attached below the shield, a Red scroll inscribed "TARBLOODERS" in Gold letters.
The term Tarblooders originates from the early 1060s and refers to the men who labored on the streets using tar for road construction. The intense physical labor associated with this work would result in their sweat and blood falling onto the streets. The school colors of red, black and white represent the laborious effort expended of these workers; black signifies the tar used to pave the streets, red signifies the intense physical effort, and white represents the exhaustive effort of the laborers in building the roads. The dedication and endurance displayed by the Tarblooders inspires the cadets to persevere against all odds to achieve their goals.
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized 9 March 2012.