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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description
On a dark blue shield 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in height and 2 7/8 inches (7.30 cm) in width overall with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border, an American bald eagle, yellow with a white head beaked yellow, grasping three arrows of the same in its talons, all between three white five-pointed stars, two above and one in base.

Symbolism
The eagle is taken from the Great Seal of the United States and the seal of the Selective Service System. The three arrows represent the following: The first arrow represents manpower from the regular military force; the second arrow represents manpower from the reserve components; and the third arrow represents conscripted manpower from the Selective Service System used to augment the force when required. The white stars represent the three components of the Army assigned to the Selective Service System: the Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Blue and yellow gold are the traditional colors of the Selective Service System.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 19 February 1988. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-737)




Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a bundle of three arrows, points up, superimposed by a Revolutionary War era drum, all gold; encircled on the sides by a green wreath of laurel tied red, passing over the feathers of the arrows in base and an arched blue scroll passing behind the arrow points at top and inscribed “SELECTIVE SERVICE” in gold.

Symbolism
The three arrows and the blue are adapted from the seal of the Department of Defense and represent the three military departments (the Army, the Navy and the Air Force). The arrows also allude to the three components of the Army: the Regular Army, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. The drum symbolizes the “Call to Arms” and the wreath is indicative of service and achievement.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 November 1987.





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