FAQs ~ Army Organizational Flags, Guidons and Streamers


Q1: What is a coat of arms?

A complete coat of arms consists of a shield displayed on the breast of the eagle on the organizational flag and a crest which appears over the eagle's head and a motto displayed on the scroll held in the eagle's beak.


Q2: What is a crest?

The crest is placed above the eagle's head. Active Army units having war/campaign service are entitled to a crest for their coat of arms. All reserve units have the Minuteman and all National Guard units display the crest authorized for the State to which assigned.


Q3: Who is authorized a coat of arms?

All TOE regiments and TOE separate battalions are authorized a coat of arms for display on the organizational flag. The request for the DUI is also used for the request for the coat of arms. TIOH will provide a design along with the distinctive unit insignia. After the command concurs with the design, TIOH will prepare a flag drawing and forward it to the Clothing and Heraldry Office in Philadelphia for permanent retention.


Q4: How do I requisition my newly approved organizational color?

After the organization receives the authorization letter for the coat of arms, a requisition (DD Form 1348-6 Manual) for the flag may be submitted to the Clothing and Heraldry Office in Philadelphia.


Q5: How can I determine what streamers my unit is entitled to?

The Center of Military History is the office responsible for determining lineage and honors. You can check their website or contact their assigned Points of Contact for each branch.


Q6: What are the procedures for obtaining flags, guidons or streamers?

As prescribed in AR 840-10, flags, guidons and streamers may be obtained by submitting a requisition online at www.heraldry.army.mil. The website also contains information on stocked items (NSNs and prices). TACOM, Soldier Systems Directorate, Philadelphia, can be reached by telephone at (215) 737-2522/2521/2515. DSN prefix is 444.

When requisitioning streamers, you must submit a copy of the unit's Lineage and Honors Certificate or a Statement of Service, which are only prepared for TOE organizations. These can be obtained from the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH), but be advised that there is a considerable backlog of requests for this information. Some lineage and honors information is available on CMH ONLINE (www.history.army.mil), but cannot be used in place of an official certificate or statement for requisitions. Telephone numbers for CMH are listed below (the DSN prefix is 325):


(202) 685-2732 for Armies, Corps, Divisions, Combined Arms Brigades, Aviation, Maneuver Enhancement, Special Troops Battalions, TDAs (nonbranch specific-except ARNG).


(202) 685-2737 for Armor, Cavalry, Medical and Military History.


(202) 685-2738 for Bands, Chemical, Engineers, Infantry (regimental level and below), Public Affairs, Rangers, Training Regiments and Transportation.


(202) 685-2731 for National Guard MTOE lineages (all 54 states and territories) and National Guard TDA units.


(202) 685-2734 for Acquisition/Contracting, Chaplains, Information Operations, Judge Advocate General, Quartermaster, Military Intelligence, Signal and Support/Sustainment.


(202) 685-2729 for Adjutant General, Field Artillery, Finance, Military Police, Ordnance/Maintenance and Personnel Service/Replacement.


(202) 685-2736 for Air Defense Artillery, Civil Affairs, Medical (assist), Psychological Operations, Space and Missile Defense and Special Forces.


Q7: How can I find out how a unit's flag should look?
Army Regulation AR 840-10, Flags, Guidons, Streamers, Tabards and Auto/Air Craft Plates
The Army's organizational transformation to a Modular Force has affected the design of many unit colors. It is best to contact TIOH at USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA Mailbox TIOH Webmaster for assistance. Note that the only authorized source for procurement of flags is the U. S. Army Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Integrated Logistics Support Center, Clothing and Heraldry Product Support Integration Directorate located in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, go to www.heraldry.army.mil.

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