Military Army Schools and Centers

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Information extracted from the book
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission

USA ICS patch


Worn from:  28 June 1972 - 22 October 1976.

Re-designated:  Intelligence Center and School -- United States Army.  Worn from:  22 October 1976 - Current.

Blue and gray are the military colors.  The yellow-gold color suggests achievement, the sun represents light and guidance, the rays emanating from the sun suggest wisdom and strength; the torch is a symbol for knowledge.  Originally known as the Counter Intelligence Corps School, it was initially located in Washington D.C. in 1941 and was transferred to Chicago later that year.  In 1944 it was transferred and merged with the Provost Marshall General.  It moved to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, in 1945.  It was located briefly at Fort Holabird, Maryland, before moving to its present location at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  The school's motto is "Custos Fidelitatis" (guardian of loyalty).


Worn from:  25 January 1972 - Current.

The sword, pen, and wreath were suggested by the Judge Advocate General Corps insignia of the branch.  The lighted torch symbolizes intellect and leadership and refers to the school that is located at the University of Virginia.



Worn from:  19 October 1962 - 1 November 1969.

Re-designated:  John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance.  Worn from:  1 November 1969 - 6 November 1984.

Re-designated:  John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center -- United States Army.  Worn from:  6 November 1984 - Current.

The lamp placed in the center of the shield refers to the United States Army Special Warfare Center (predecessor unit).  The lamp also alludes to the United States Army Special Warfare School.  The three tongues of flames refer to the three prime areas of instruction for which the school is responsible:  psychological operations, counter insurgency, and unconventional warfare.  The unconventional outline of the lamp, simulating the Greek letter psi, refers to psychology -- the traits, feelings, actions, and attributes, of the mind.  The three flame spouts at the top of the lamp simulate the heraldic delineation "embattled"-- to array for battle.  The two crossed arrows refer to the silence and stealth with which our early frontiersmen fought for freedom in the New World.  They also allude to the Special Forces.  The Psychological Warfare Center and School personnel wore the Third Army Patch with a blue and white airborne tab from 1952 - 19 October 1962.  The Center is located at Fort Brigg, North Carolina.

JWTC patch

Worn from: 
5 July 1968 - 3 December 1982.


The design is taken from the old Caribbean Defense Command patch, which denotes the location of the school.  The tab indicates proficiency in the school's mission/  Training is conducted at Fort Sherman, Canal Zone.  The fort is located on the Caribbean side of the Isthmus of Panama.

JRTC patch

Worn from:  25 January 1988 - Current.

The unit's mission of training non-mechanized rapid deployment forces is symbolized by the bayonet and wings.  The bayonet symbolizes military preparedness and the strike capability of rapid deployment forces which train at the Joint Readiness Training Center. The wings are emblematic of speed, mobility, and joint training with the United States Air Force.  The colors blue, yellow, and red traditionally are associated with infantry, armor, and artillery and reflect the combined-arms character of Joint Readiness Center training.  The overall shape is reminiscent of an arch or portal and portrays the knowledge, education, and training provided by the Joint Readiness Training Center.  The center is located at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

5th SFC Recondo School Patch
5th SFC 
Recondo Schl

Worn from: 

The "V" is the roman numeral five and the unit's numerical designation.  The arrowhead is associated with the special skills of the American Indians that are taught at the school.  "Recondo" refers to reconnaissance.


Worn from:  30 January 1959 - 1 February 1970.

Re-designated:  Medical Department Center and School -- United States Army.  Worn from:  30 December 1992 - Current.

The serpent is adapted from the Army Medical Service insignia.  The torch is representative of knowledge.  Maroon and white are colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps.  The school was first established on the military reservation at Carlisle, Pennsylvania on 1 September 1920 and is currently located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  The school's motto is "To Conserve Fighting Strength."

MISLS patch

Worn from:  6 July 1942 - 1 September 1947.

The inscription "Student" refers to the soldiers who wore this insignia; the letters "MISLS" are the unit's designation.  At the end of World War II the school moved form Fort Snelling, Minnesota to the Presidio of Monterey, California and became the Army Language School.



Worn from:  11 February 1960 - Current.

The crossed pistols are taken from the Military Police Corps branch insignia.  The torch signifies knowledge and enlightenment.  Green and gold are the colors of the Military Police Corps. Fort McClellan, Alabama is the school's home.  The motto of the school is "Justitia et Virtus" (Justice and Valor).


Worn from:  13 November 1969 - Current.

The torch signifies knowledge and alludes to training in missiles and munitions (depicted).  Crimson and yellow are the colors used for ordinance.  Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the school's home.


NTC Ft. Irwin Patch

Worn from:  23 April 1982 - Current.

The colors are adapted from the coat of arms of the national Training Center and refer to armor, infantry, and artillery, the combat arms branches brought together to train as combat arms teams and task forces at the national Training Center.  The arrowheads signify a concentration of training and education.  Though they converge from various angles, they form a cohesive unit signifying the mission and capabilities of the National Training Center.


Worn from:  17 September 1958 - Unknown.

The design is that of the distinctive insignia for the unit.  The triangle is the symbol for the Greek letter delta and refers to Big Delta, the airfield used during World War II for ferrying troops to Russia.  Inside the triangle is an abstract interpretation of Mount Hays, the dominant feature in this area.  The mountain and the snow at its base indicate the cold weather and mountain operations of the unit.  The inscription, translated from the Latin, reads "We battle cold and conquer mountains."