University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
On a scarlet disc, edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) black border, the frontal image of a jaguar in natural colors (yellow and black) stalking from the top of the circle, its left paw extending over the bottom border, all fimbriated black. Attached above the disc, a white designation band also edged black and inscribed “UNIV. SOUTH AL.” in blue letters. The overall dimensions are 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 3/16 inches (5.56 cm) in width.
Red, white and blue are host school colors. These are also our nation’s colors: white represents purity, red stand for courage and blue shows valor. The shield shape of the insignia guards the cooperation between the host school and the partner institutions. The Jaguar is the unit’s mascot.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally authorized 6 October 1993. It was cancelled on 26 February 2002, due to a new design, description and symbolism. On 19 April 2002 it was amended to change the inscription of the designation band. (TIOH Drawing Number A-10S-116).
Shoulder Loop Insignia
On a gold color metal enamel device 1 3/16 inches in height consisting of a blue enamel shield charged with a red enamel camellia with two green enamel leaves in base surmounted by a gold color metal torch in pale with a gold color metal sabre and rifle in saltire, overall in base a lozenge divided palewise white enamel to dexter and gray enamel to sinister. Attached below the shield a gold color metal scroll inscribed “UNIVERISTY OF S. ALABAMA” in blue enamel letters.
The camellia is the state flower of the State of Alabama. The torch enflamed refers to the quest for knowledge. The rifle and sabre allude to military training and proficiency. The lozenge superimposed on the torch enflamed is symbolic of a ship and represents the seaport city of Mobile, the area where the University is located.
The shoulder loop insignia was authorized 13 October 1969.