SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY SROTC, BROOKINS, SD
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
A shield shaped insignia with arced scroll attached above the shield, the overall dimensions 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width consisting of a black background edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border, on the shield a yellow sword in the vertical center surmounted by a yellow open book detailed black and bearing a black winged foot. On the black arced scroll the letters "SDSU" in yellow, 5/16 inch (.79 cm) in height.

Symbolism
Black represents night, which is normally the time for students to study. Gold represents daylight and alertness. The sword is indicative of the military. The open book refers to academic activities. The winged foot alludes to physical activities such as athletics, physical fitness, etc., which contribute to the cadet's alertness, resulting in a cadet both physically and mentally fit.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was authorized 7 June 1976.




Shoulder Loop Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a tower Or, detailed of the first between in dexter a bezant bearing a lamp outlined Blue enflamed of the like and in sinister the sun Gold. Attached below the shield a gold scroll inscribed "SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY" in Blue letters.

Symbolism
Blue and gold are the school colors. The tower is a representation of Campanile Tower, a landmark on the campus. The lamp denotes knowledge through education, and the sun symbolizes the cadets' new beginning after graduation.

Background
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized 30 April 1996.





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