Military Army Schools and Centers

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

Ranger Inf Sch patch
Ranger Dept Inf Schl

Worn from:  Unknown (Unauthorized).

The design incorporates symbols from pre-revolutionary America, when the original Roger's Rangers was formed from colonial settlers during the French and Indian War.  The tomahawk and powder horn were the ranger's tools of trade.  The arrowhead recalls the special skills of the American Indians that Rangers learned.  The Confederate flag is a tribute to Mosby's Rangers of Civil War fame.

USASCS  patch

Worn from:  13 April 1959 - Current.

TThe crossed flags are taken from the Signal Corps insignia.  The torch signifies knowledge and alludes to training in electronics and communications.  Orange and white are the colors of the Signal Corps.  An army signal training center was established in 1961 at Georgetown, D.C., by Major Albert J. Mayer, the first Chief Signal School Officer of the army.  In 1905, the Army Signal School was organized at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  In 1917, it was moved to Camp Alfred Vale, New Jersey (Fort Monmouth) and is currently located at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  While in Georgia it was designated briefly as the United States Army Southeastern Signal School.  The school's motto is "Pro Patria Vigilans" (watchful for the country).

USA Sniper Schl patch
USA Sniper Schl

Worn from:  February 1989 - Current (Unauthorized).

TThe design incorporates the unit's designation with a coiled serpent and a skull representing death to the enemy.  Below this are crossed, scoped rifles suggested by the infantry branch of service insignia.  The Infantry School insignia suggests that the school is a part of the infantry center.  The torch of knowledge is a symbol for schools and represents enlightenment.  The inscription on the scroll at the base is in Latin and translates as, "I came, I saw, I conquered."  The phrase is attributed to Julius Caesar.

Army Svc Forces patch
Army Svc Forces
Tng Ctr Units

Worn from:  4 September 1944 - 24 August 1946.

TThe shoulder patch is identical to the Army Service Force patch except for the blue and white indicating the units were operated under the control of the different service commands.

ASTP patch

Worn from:  11 September 1943 - 29 January 1947.

TThe lamp of knowledge suggests academic learning.  The sword represents the military profession.

ASTRP patch

Worn from:  30 March 1944 - 8 July 1946.

TThe design is that of the army Specialized training program, previously discussed, superimposed on a yellow square background.

USATCS patch

Worn from:  7 November 1956 - Current.

The winged wheel is taken from the Transportation Corps' insignia.  The torch signifies knowledge and alludes to the training in transportation.  Brick red and yellow are the colors of the Transpor- tation Corps.  The school is located at Fort Eustis, Virginia.  It was founded at State College in Starkville, Mississippi, on 19 October 1942.  It was transferred to its present location in May 1946.  The motto of the school is "Pro Scientiam Progredimur" (Through learning we progress).

Univ of the Hlth Sci patch
Univ of the Hlth Sci

Worn from:  29 March 1984 - Current.

The colors of the background, maroon, white and dark blue, represent the medical departments of the army, air force and navy.  The stars suggest the higher caliber of personnel selected from the three services, with the fourth star representing personnel from any other future participating organization.  The gold winged flaming torch, with the stem of the torch entwined by a green serpent, is a combined adaptation of both the staff of Aesculapius (Asclepius) and the caduceus, both of which are symbolic of the medical profession.  The flaming torch, supplanting the plain staff of Aesculapius, and that of the caduceus, alludes to medical education and the research mission of the institution.  The globe, placed upon the three colors of the background, suggests the capability to utilize the existing worldwide medical resources of the three military medical departments and others as may become available.  The color gold is symbolic of wisdom and achievement, and the green of the serpent, denoting health, life, and vitality, is also the faculty color for medicine.

vcss valadation icon
USA Univ Faculity

Worn from:  1940's.

The inscription is the unit's designation.  Red, white, and blue are the national colors.

UMT patch

Worn from:  1940's.

The origin of the design is unknown .


USAWC patch

Worn from:  17 November 1955 - Current.

The torch, representing enlightenment, and the colors are taken from the crest of the device for the Army War College.  The stars, adapted from the shield of the device, suggest the three combat arms of the service.  The college was founded on 27 November 1901 at the instigation of Secretary of War, Elihu Root, and was initially located at 20 Jackson Place N.W., Washington D.C.  It is currently located (since July 1951) at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.


Worn from: 
21 August 1956 - Current.

Scarlet is the traditional artillery color.  Blue denotes the sky into which antiaircraft artillery missiles are fired.  The stylized gold lightning symbolizes the electronic emanations used in electronic warfare and for missile guidance.