A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width overall consisting of two gold crossed arrows surmounted by an open book gold and purple enamel on a purple enamel background, the arrowheads and feathered ends extending over a three segmented gold scroll, one segment arced from the feathered end of the arrow to the arrowhead in dexter, inscribed "ALCORN," one segment arced between the arrowheads inscribed "STATE" and one segment arced from arrowheads to feathered end in sinister inscribed "UNIVERSITY" in purple enamel. Between the feathered end of the arrows in base four light blue enamel wavy bands.
Purple and gold are the colors of the University. The arrows allude to the military and also represent the mascot of the University, the "Indian Brave". The open book, indicative of knowledge, refers to enlightenment and growth academically and in military training. The wavy bands allude to the Mississippi River and the geographic location of the University.
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized 21 January 1977.