Military Army Schools and Centers

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

vcss valadation icon

Worn from:  4 July 1941 - 1951.

The circle inside the b order represents the letter "O."  Inside that are letters "C" and "S" indicating the unit's designation.  The colors are olive drab on a black background.

OCS patch 2

Worn from:  1951 - Current.

The design substitutes dark blue for the black background.

OCS patch 3

Worn from:  Unknown.

The design is the same as that of the original.  The colors are gold on navy blue.  The patch was worn by female candidates and has been used periodically sewn on a white scarf by all candidates to the present day.

Ord OCS patch

Worn from:  15 July 1941 - Late 1940's.

The insignia is that of the distinctive unit insignia for the Ordnance School on a black disk.  Crimson and yellow are the ordnance colors. The lamp of knowledge represents schools.  The flaming bomb represents the Ordnance Corps.  It is the oldest branch emblem in use by the army.


Worn from:  29 August 1974 - 1 September 1988.

Re-designated:  Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School.  Worn from:  1 September 1988 - Current.

The flaming bomb is suggested by and simulates the Ordnance Corps insignia.  The torch signifies knowledge and alludes to the training in ordnance.  Crimson and yellow are the colors of the Ordnance Corps.  The school is located at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.  Formal officer training in ordnance began in 1902 with the establishment of an Ordnance School of Application at Sandy Hook Proving Ground, New Jersey.  This was later moved to Watertown Arsenal, Massachusetts, and in 1931, finally, to the Aberdeen Proving Ground.  The motto of the school is "Addere Flamen" (to add the flame).


Worn from:  Unknown - 29 August 1974.

TThe key and sword are taken from the Quartermaster Corps insignia and represent military supply.  The torch signifies knowledge and alludes to training in quartermaster.  The blue background signifies learning and enlightenment.

USA QM CENS patch 2

Worn from:  29 August 1974 - Current.

TThe key and sword are taken from the Quartermaster Corps insignia and represent military supply.  The torch signifies knowledge and alludes to training in quartermaster.  Buff and blue are the colors of the Quartermaster Corps.  The school is located at Fort Lee, Virginia.  It was established at the Philadelphia Quartermaster depot on 1 March 1910 and transferred to its present location on 6 October 1941.

Provost Marshal GC patch


Worn from:  1950's - 1960's.

TThis arc tab, with the inscription representing the unit's designation, was worn with the Third Army patch when the center was at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  The colors green and gold represent the Military Police Corps, which was the re-designation of this center.  The school was originally established 15 January 1942 at Fort Meyer, Virginia.  The school's motto was "Justitia et Virtus" (Justice and Valor).

USASMA patch

Worn from:  8 February 1972 - Current.

The shield is symbolic of confidence, boldness, and protection.  THe wreath and star simulate, and were suggested by, the insignia of grade associated with that of command sergeant major; the star is emblematic of guidance; the laurel wreath of achievement and merit.  The torch symbolizes leadership, education, and training and the flame alludes to zeal and action.  The color gold signifies excellence and wisdom; the color army green alludes to the all-army purpose of the academy.  It also is symbolic of faithfulness and obedience.  The academy is located at Fort Bliss, Texas.

USA Schl of Americas patch
USA Schl of Americas

Worn from:  3 December 1982 - Current.

he colors, galleon, Maltese cross, and wave line are taken from the design elements of the shoulder-sleeve insignia authorized for the former United States Army Forces Southern Command.  The galleon is symbolic of the Caribbean area.  This type of ship is usually associated with the Caribbean since it was the dominant ship used during the Spanish regime.  The white background represents exploration of the New World.  The Maltese cross was the insignia of Columbus, the first explorer to land in the Caribbean area.  The school is located at Fort Benning, Georgia.

USA Prcht Schl patch
USA Prcht Schl

Worn from:  1950's (Unauthorized).

The shape refers to the Norman shield and the Infantry School (located at Fort Benning, Georgia) where paratroopers receive their training.  The torch is symbolic of schools and achievement.  The Latin inscription on the scroll translates, "We are taken from the sky."

USA Sch of Music patch
USA Sch of Music

Worn from:  15 May 1961 - Current.

Red, white, and blue are the national colors. The torch symbolizes training and instruction; the staff refers to music.  The "A" and B: notes represent the initials "A" and "B" for Army Bands.