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U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, branch insignia U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, branch insignia

Crossed daggers with blade forming a lightning bolt, superimposed by a knight chess piece.

Authorized in November 1990 for wear by enlisted personnel assigned to the Psychological Operations Career Management Field (CMF 37). A collar insignia for officers was approved by the G-1 on 18 April 2004. The design is that of the enlisted collar insignia without the disc. The knight chess piece is a traditional symbol of special operations and signifies the ability to influence all types of warfare. The lightning bolts represent the psychological operations ability to strike anywhere with speed and the two swords represent the combat capabilities. The item changed to branch insignia with the approval of Psychological Operations as a branch in October 2006.

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U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, branch plaque U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, branch plaque

The plaque design has the Psychological Operations branch insignia, letters and rim in gold. The background is bottle green.

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U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, regimental coat of arms U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, regimental coat of arms

The coat of arms appears on the breast of a displayed eagle on the regimental flag. The coat of arms is: Paly of three Argent (Silver Gray), Argent and Sable a wreath of laurel Proper and overall two lightning flash swords salterwise superimposed by a chess knight Or. The crest is: From a wreath Argent and Argent (Silver Gray) a rolled parchment scroll Proper supported by a wing Sable.

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U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, regimental insignia U.S. Army Psychological Operations Corps, regimental insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in width overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Paly of three Argent (Silver Gray), Argent and Sable a wreath of laurel Proper and overall two lightning flash swords saltirewise superimposed by a chess knight Or. Attached below the shield is a green scroll inscribed "PERSUADE CHANGE INFLUENCE" in gold. The Insignia was authorized November 18, 1998.

Symbolism of Regimental Insignia. Silver gray, white and black represent the three types of Psychological Operations; white represents the overt processes, black is for the covert and gray for the hidden. The laurel wreath symbolizes honor and achievement. The center device is adapted from the Psychological Operations collar insignia. The chess knight represents the ability to act obliquely and influence all types of warfare. The lightning bolt swords denote speed and the ability to strike anywhere.

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U.S. Army 2nd Psychological Operations Group (2nd POG), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 2nd Psychological Operations Group (2nd POG), distinctive unit insignia

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall consisting of a silver disc charged with a green enamel horse?s head and issuing from the top a red enamel flame, all in front of a background of three vertical enamel wedge shaped segments, first gray, the center white, and the last black, all below two silver quills crossed at the top with points downward, in base on each side of the wedge shape a semi-circular green enamel area surmounting a silver lightning flash with point down and inward, all above a silver scroll double folded at each end and inscribed in red enamel letters, "Veritas."

Symbolism: Bottle green and gray are colors used by the Psychological units. Gray, white and black are used to represent the three types of propaganda; the flame stands for the unit's capability to penetrate the darkness of ignorance and to exemplify the truth. The quills facing left and right stand for the unit's record of constant alertness. The horse?s head represents the knight in chess, the only piece capable of moving indirectly and of striking from within enemy territory. The "TWO" lightning flashes, "TWO" quills and the "TWO" green areas all allude to the numerical designation of the 2d Psychological Operations Group with the lightning flashes giving special emphasis to speed in communications.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 30 Jan 1969.

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U.S. Army 4th Psychological Operations Group (4th POG), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 4th Psychological Operations Group (4th POG), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height consisting of an open wreath of gold bamboo leaves surmounted by a quatrefoil divided into three vertical segments, gray, white and black, issuing diagonally from the lower right part thereof toward the upper left three gold lightning flashes; all above a gold scroll lined with red and inscribed "Verbum Vincet" in red letters.

Symbolism: The design is in the shape of a quatrefoil as the number four is symbolic of the measuring intelligence, an essential ingredient of psychological operations. The four lobes also allude to the numerical designation of the Group and to the current number of its subordinates. The gray, white and black segments of the quatrefoil represent the three types of propaganda, half-truth, truth and untruth, as determined by origin. The lightning flashes represent the three main types of media utilized by the Group in propaganda dissemination – audio, visual and face-to-face persuasion. The gold and red colors of the scroll and motto are from the flag of the Republic of Vietnam. Those colors and the wreath of bamboo commemorate the Group’s activation and service in Vietnam.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 13 Aug 1968.

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U.S. Army 7nd Psychological Operations Group (7th POG), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 7nd Psychological Operations Group (7th POG), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in width overall consisting of and radiating from central base a white enameled torch with seven tongues of red enameled flame between a gold quill on the left and a gold Samurai sword, point down, on the right surmounting a black enameled Torii Gate on a green enameled background, all above a gray enameled scroll bearing the inscription "Support By Truth" in gold letters.

Symbolism: The torch, a symbol of enlightenment, with seven tongues of flame alludes to the 7th Psychological Operations Group and their basic mission. The torii refers to Okinawa, where the organization was originally activated and the present headquarters of the organization is located. The quill and sword representing the correlation between psychological operations and military achievement; the quill representing the power of ideas; the sword, in addition to representing military aspects of force, alludes to the fact that psychological operations are also a form of warfare. The sword, being a Katana, alludes to the fact that the operations of the Psychological Operations Group are centered in the Asian Theater. The colors black, gray and white refer to the color symbolism of black, gray and white propaganda. The green background or backing is the color used for Psychological Operations organizations.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 15 Apr 1969.

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U.S. Army 10th Psychological Operations Battalion (10th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 10th Psychological Operations Battalion (10th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert, above a wreath of ten laurel leaves, a roundel tierced in pairle reversed Argent, Gray and Sable fimbriated Or superimposed by a triangle with concave sides of the last charged with three tongues of flame conjoined Gules.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Vert, the Lexington Minute Man Proper.

Motto: POTESTAS PERSUASIONIS (Power of Persuasion).

Symbolism: Bottle green and silver gray are the colors associated with Psychological Operations. The flame is for light and wisdom; its three tongues point toward the three areas of propaganda with which the battalion works. The white color stands for acknowledgement, true propaganda; the gray for propaganda emanating from a source not identified; and the black for propaganda from a source other than the truth. In addition, the flame, a symbol of unceasing activity and of good will, alludes to the continuous efforts of the organization to win hearts as well as minds by persuasion and truth. The triangle is a version of the Greek letter "delta"; it refers to the Mekong Delta where the unit was activated and served during the Vietnam conflict. The triangle is also a symbol of a psychological operations technique, i.e., the introduction of the first small point of an idea (represented by the apex), and its subsequent enlargement and widening (represented by the base). The colors gold and red are taken from the national flag of the Republic of Vietnam. They highlight courage and excellence and refer, again, to the battalion?s activation and service in Vietnam. The wreath of laurel leaves symbolizes victory achieved by persuasion. The leaves are ten in number in allusion to the battalion?s numerical designation.

The coat of arms was authorized on 16 Apr 1996.

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U.S. Army 10th Psychological Operations Battalion (10th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 10th Psychological Operations Battalion (10th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height consisting of a disc equally divided by three radiating partition lines, the upper line vertical, white, gray and black, the disc beneath a gold scroll inscribed "Potestas Persuasionis" in black letters and above a gold wreath of ten laurel leaves, the top leaves surmounting the scroll; overall a gold equilateral triangle with concave sides and one point up bearing three red tongues of flame conjoined at the center and radiating toward each angle of the triangle.

Symbolism: The flame stands for light and wisdom; its three tongues point toward the three areas of propaganda with which the Battalion works. These areas are represented by the white, gray and black portions of the disc. The white color stands for acknowledged, true propaganda, the gray for propaganda emanating from a source not identified, and the black for propaganda from a source other than the truth. In addition, the flame, a symbol of unceasing activity and of good will, alludes to the continuous efforts of the organization to win hearts as well as minds by persuasion and truth. The triangle is a version of the Greek letter delta; it stands for the Mekong Delta where the 10th Psychological Operations Battalion was activated and served during the Vietnam conflict. The triangle is also a symbol of the psychological operations technique, i.e., the introduction of the first small point of an idea (represented by the apex), and its subsequent enlargement and widening (represented by the base). The colors gold and red are taken from the national flag of the Republic of Vietnam. They stand for excellence and courage and refer to Vietnam and to the Battalion?s activation and service in that country. The wreath of laurel leaves refers to victory achieved by persuasion. The leaves are ten in number in allusion to the Battalion?s numerical designation.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 25 Nov 1968.

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U.S. Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion (11th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion (11th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Argent (Silver Gray) a heptagon Gules voided of the field containing a base Sable, surmounted by a sword palewise Argent hilt Or, overall a quill bendwise sinister point to base of the last.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Gules, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H.Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto: EXPLOITERS.

Symbolism
Shield: White is used to represent the unit?s first and preferred type of propaganda the truth. The upright sword symbolizes the ready defense against gray, the half-truth, and black, the untruth. The gold quill alludes to the unit?s ability to disseminate written propaganda, while the red border stands for continuous inspiration and rigor. The heptagon alludes to unit's numerical origin as 7th Psychological Operations Battalion.
Crest: The crest is that of the U. S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was authorized on 5 Aug 1996.

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U.S. Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion (11th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion (11th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gray heptagon with a black horizontal base within a red border surmounted by a white vertical sword with gold hilt point up, overall a gold quill bendwise sinister point to base all above a gold scroll inscribed "EXPLOITERS" in black letters.

Symbolism: White is used to represent the unit?s first and preferred type of propaganda, the truth. The upright sword symbolizes the ready defense against gray, the half-truth, and black, the untruth. The gold quill alludes to the unit?s ability to disseminate written propaganda, while the red border stands for continuous inspiration and rigor. The heptagon alludes to unit's numerical origin as 7th Psychological Operations Battalion.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 7th Psychological Operations Battalion on 27 Aug 1968. The distinctive unit insignia was redesignated for the 11th Psychological Operations Battalion on 5 Aug 1996.

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U.S. Army 12th Psychological Operations Battalion (12th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 12th Psychological Operations Battalion (12th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Gray, a cross Sable charged with a second couped and barbed Argent, surmounted by a plate bearing a gunstone, charged with a lamp. Or, flamant Proper between four demi-arrows saltirewise issuant from the edges of the second.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Gray and Sable the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto: MUTATIO ANIMI (Attitude Change).

Symbolism
Shield: White (truth), black (untruth), and gray (half truth) represent the three types of propaganda. The black cross between black arrows denotes the untruths aimed at U.S. forces. The white disc emanating arrows in all directions reflects the unit?s ability to disseminate the truth utilizing all facets of psychological warfare. The lamp of knowledge symbolizes the use of information to influence the attitude and behavior of both friendly and enemy forces.
Crest: The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was authorized on 16 Jun 1996.

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U.S. Army 12th Psychological Operations Battalion (12th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 12th Psychological Operations Battalion (12th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall consisting of a gray enamel disc with four stylized black enamel arrows saltirewise with points to center, between a barbed white enamel cross surmounted at center, and touching the black arrows, by a white enamel disc bearing a gold lamp of knowledge with red flame, all above a gold scroll inscribed in black enamel letters the Latin words, "MUTATIO ANIMI," which is translated "Attitude Change."

Symbolism: White, gray and black are the colors used by Psychological Operations units to denote the three forms of propaganda; Truth, half-truth and untruth. The lamp of knowledge represents the use of information to influence the attitude and behavior of both friendly and enemy forces. The white disc symbolizes the organization, and the barbed cross, the arms simulating arrows, refers to all facets of psychological warfare. The gray disc and black arrows symbolize protection from covert psychological warfare against the organization. The barbs, placed at the cardinal points of a compass, allude to the scope of the battalion.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 353d Psychological Operations Battalion on 16 Feb 1971. It was redesignated for the 12th Psychological Operations Battalion on 16 Jun 1996.

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U.S. Army 13th Psychological Operations Battalion (13th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 13th Psychological Operations Battalion (13th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Argent (gray) a pile reversed Vert between two lightning bolts in chevron issuant from base Gules, overall a quill palewise tip to base Argent.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent (Gray) and Vert the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto: POWER OF PERSUASION.

Symbolism
Shield: Dark green and silver gray are the colors used for Psychological Operations units. The quill alludes to the written or printed word. The lightning flashes represent audio projections. Together they symbolize the mission of the unit to disseminate propaganda material to enemy troops from forward positions.
Crest: The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was originally authorized on 16 Aug 1996. It was amended to change the blazon on 20 Sep 1996.

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U.S. Army 13th Psychological Operations Battalion (13th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 13th Psychological Operations Battalion (13th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A silver colored metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall consisting of a green enameled triangle surmounted by a silver quill between two lightning flashes, overall in base a silver scroll bearing the inscription "Power of Persuasion" in green letters.

Symbolism: Dark green is the color used for Psychological Operations Units. The quill alludes to the written or printed word. The lightning flashes represent audio projections. Together they symbolize the mission of the unit to disseminate propaganda material to enemy troops from forward positions.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 11 Jan 1967.

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U.S. Army 14th Psychological Operations Battalion (14th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 14th Psychological Operations Battalion (14th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert, two swords saltirewise Argent (Silver Gray), blades as lightning flashes points to chief surmounted by a sun Or, radiant of fourteen Gules, fimbriated Yellow, charged with two fusils Sable, surmounted by a fusil per saltire Argent and of the second.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Vert, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto: VINCERE PERSUADENTES.

Symbolism
Shield: Bottle green and silver gray are the colors associated with Psychological Operations units. The two swords with lightning flashes as blades indicate the unit's two campaign credits for World War II, Rhineland and Ardennes-Alsace. The rays of the sun are fourteen, alluding to the organization's designation, and indicate the propaganda function of the unit. The fusils are black and white with gray at the overlap and represent the three degrees of propaganda: truth, falsehood, and areas in between. The red tongues of fire from the sun symbolize the need for Psychological Operations activities during conflict and allude to the battalion's Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded for action in the Pacific theater, 1968-1970.
Crest: The crest is that of the U. S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was originally authorized 26 Dec 1996. It was amended on 30 Jan 1997 to change the motto.

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U.S. Army 14th Psychological Operations Battalion (14th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 14th Psychological Operations Battalion (14th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold colored base metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gold sun radiating fourteen tongues of flame and bearing two black diamonds conjoined, surmounted by a white diamond, those areas overlapping the black counterchanged gray; all in front of a red disc 1 inch (2.54cm) in diameter.

Symbolism: The sun, emitting rays of light or information in the form of tongues of fire, stands for the propaganda mission of the Battalion. The flames are fourteen in number in reference to the unit?s numerical designation. The black and white diamonds represent the hard core of facts held by the Battalion. The two diamonds in the background allude to the participation of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the Battalion in two campaigns during World War II. The colors black, white and gray denote the three "degrees" of propaganda used by Psychological Operations units. The red background refers to warfare.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 15 Jun 1966.

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U.S. Army 15th Psychological Operations Battalion (15th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 15th Psychological Operations Battalion (15th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert, an arrowhead point up tierced in Gray, Argent and Sable fimbriated White charged with in chief a torch of the last flamant Gules; a pomeis charged with a sine wave White and to base a quill bendwise sinister of the last.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Vert the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto: MINDS, WORDS, DEEDS.

Symbolism
Shield: The colors green and silver gray are for Psychological Operations organizations. The symbol of the torch is representative of knowledge and is expressive of the word "MINDS." The stylized sound tract symbolizing oral and mechanical sounds, expresses "WORDS." The quill, alluding to graphic persuasion and the printed word, expresses the word "DEEDS" and refers to the use of the printed word and graphic art to give a selected message the greatest impact. The arrowhead is symbolic of war or conflict and alludes to the struggle for the minds of men, the ancient use of psychological operations (warfare) in the history of man, and the fact that psychological operations is a weapons system that complements conventional weapons systems. The arrowhead with the colors gray, white and black is symbolic of the types of propaganda which may be employed in psychological operations campaigns.
Crest: The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was authorized on 14 Aug 1996.

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U.S. Army 15th Psychological Operations Battalion (15th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 15th Psychological Operations Battalion (15th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) overall consisting of a silver scroll of black enamel letters with the words, "MINDS WORDS DEEDS," surrounding an arrowhead equally divided into bands of gray, white and black: at top, a black torch with red flame on a light gray background; in center, a green disc on a white background emitting a silver stylized representation of a sound tract superimposed on a silver horizontal line; and at bottom, a white quill on a black background.

Symbolism: The colors green and silver gray (silver) are for Psychological Operations organizations. The symbol of the torch is representative of knowledge and is expressive of the word "MINDS." The stylized sound tract symbolizing oral and mechanical sounds, expresses "WORDS." The quill, alluding to graphic persuasion and the printed word, expresses the word "DEEDS" and refers to the use of the printed word and graphic art to give a selected message the greatest impact. The arrowhead is symbolic of war or conflict and alludes to the struggle for the minds of men, the ancient use of psychological operations (warfare) in the history of man, and the fact that psychological operations is a weapons system that complements conventional weapons systems. The arrowhead with the colors gray, white and black is symbolic of the types of propaganda which may be employed in psychological operations campaigns.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized on 21 Jun 1967. On 14 Aug 1996 the description and symbolism was revised.

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U.S. Army 16th Psychological Operations Battalion (16th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 16th Psychological Operations Battalion (16th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Per chevron reversed Sable and Vert, radiating to chief from fess point three stylized megaphone bells Or, the interior of the center Argent and that to dexter Gray and sinister Sable, above four lightning flashes radiating from base point Yellow.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Vert, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto: STRENGTH IN TRUTH.

Symbolism
Shield: Bottle green and silver gray are the colors used for Psychological Operations units. The battalion’s function of dissemination of propaganda by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets is symbolized by the lightning flashes and megaphones with rectangles between. The colors gray, white and black are adapted from the coat of arms of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School (formerly Psychological Warfare School) and refer to the half-truth, the truth and the untruth.
Crest: The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was authorized on 16 Jun 1996.

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U.S. Army 16th Psychological Operations Battalion (16th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 16th Psychological Operations Battalion (16th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of three gold stylized megaphones conjoined in base, mouths separated by two gold rectangles and charged from left to right with discs of gray, white and black enamel, the three megaphones between four small gold lightning flashes on a green enamel background enclosed below by a curving gold scroll inscribed with the words "STRENGTH IN TRUTH" in green letters.

Symbolism: Bottle green and silver gray are the colors used for Psychological Operations units. The battalion’s function of dissemination of propaganda by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets is symbolized by the lightning flashes and megaphones with rectangles between. The colors gray, white and black are adapted from the coat of arms of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School (formerly Psychological Warfare School) and refer to the half-truth, the truth and the untruth.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 305th Psychological Operations Battalion on 23 May 1972. It was redesignated for the 16th Psychological Operations Battalion on 16 Jun 1996.

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U.S. Army 17th Psychological Operations Battalion (17th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 17th Psychological Operations Battalion (17th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Per chevron reversed Argent and Sable a pile Silver Gray, in base a sunburst of seventeen environed by six lightning bolts radiating from nombril Or.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Sable, the Lexington Minute Man Proper.

Motto: WIN WITH WORDS.

Symbolism
Shield: The black shield represents the untruth. The sunburst and lightning bolts symbolize the unit’s ability to enlighten error by the incursion of fact. The degree of truth is suggested by the white and gray areas of the shield: white denotes the truth and gray partial truth. The seventeen rays of the sunburst allude to the unit’s designation.
Crest: The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was authorized on 26 Jun 1996. The blazon and symbolism was amended on 2 Aug 1996.

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U.S. Army 17th Psychological Operations Battalion (17th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 17th Psychological Operations Battalion (17th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall consisting of a black disc bearing six gold lightning bolts radiating from center below three triangle sections radiating from center gray between white. Attached above a gold scroll inscribed "WIN WITH WORDS" in black letters.

Symbolism: The silhouette of the device was suggested by a broadcasting microphone, and the six lightning flashes referring to the spoken words or material being broadcast, the disc also alluding to a phonograph record. The black area being "illuminated" by the lightning flashes refers to the enlightening of error by the incursions of fact, the degree of truth being represented by the white and gray areas. The motto aside from its phrasing in reference to the distribution of leaflets dropped from the air, a favored method of disseminating printed information. The three white, gray, white sectors, the circle (o) formed by the disc, and the six lightning flashes also allude to the unit’s numerical designation.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 306th Psychological Operations Battalion on 22 Aug 1967. It was redesignated for the 17th Psychological Operations Battalion on 16 Jun 1996.

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U.S. Army 18th Psychological Operations Battalion (18th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 18th Psychological Operations Battalion (18th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Argent, a parchment scroll palewise Sable surmounted by a sword bendwise point to chief Argent (Silver Gray); on a chief Vert a Trojan Horse of the first.

Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent (White) and Vert (Bottle Green), the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto: ANTICIPATE THE COMMAND.

Symbolism
Shield: Bottle green and silver gray are the colors used for Psychological Operations units. The black scroll alludes to the organization’s planning, production, and dissemination of civilian mass communications material. In conjunction with the sword it also refers to the unit’s provision of propaganda support for the military command in various operational environments and to Civil Affairs in occupied or liberated territory. The Trojan Horse, identified with the use of subtlety and imagination in the accomplishment of military objectives, refers to the battalion’s mission to conduct supporting psychological operations. The classification of propaganda by source is symbolized by black (source misidentified), stippled silver color (source concealed), and clear silver color (true source identified).
Crest: The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The coat of arms was authorized on 16 Jun 1996.

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U.S. Army 18th Psychological Operations Battalion (18th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 18th Psychological Operations Battalion (18th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a black scroll unrolled vertically bearing a silver representation of the Trojan Horse and projecting diagonally behind the scroll a silver Greek sword, hilt extending to the right in base, and from the blade in upper left a threefold silver scroll arched across the top and inscribed "ANTICIPATE", looped at the left side bearing "THE" and arched across the bottom containing "COMMAND" in black letters.

Symbolism: The black scroll alludes to the organization’s planning, production, and dissemination of civilian mass communications material. In conjunction with the sword it also refers to the unit’s provision of propaganda support for the military command in various operational environments and to Civil Affairs in occupied or liberated territory. The Trojan Horse, identified with the use of subtlety and imagination in the accomplishment of military objectives, refers to the battalion’s mission to conduct supporting psychological operations. The classification of propaganda by source is symbolized by black (source misidentified), stippled silver color (source concealed), and clear silver color (true source identified).

The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 360th Psychological Operations Battalion on 30 Mar 1967. It was redesignated for the 18th Psychological Operations Battalion on 16 Jun 1996.

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U.S. Army 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (1st PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (1st PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert (Dark Green), a scroll bendwise Argent transfixed by a lightning bolt bendwise sinister Or on a canton Argent (Silver Gray) the Greek letter "PSI" Sable.

Crest: From a wreath Argent and Vert a bar wavy Azure charged with a barrulet of the first, a taeguk Proper fimbriated Or superimposed by a chess knight of the first and overall a dagger of the fourth.

Motto: FIRST WITH THE FINEST.

Symbolism
Shield: Dark green and silver gray are colors traditionally associated with Psychological Operations organizations. The scroll refers to the unit?s ability to produce and disseminate written propaganda. The color white is indicative of purity and truth, the first and preferred type of propaganda; the colors gray and black represent the second and third types of propaganda used by the unit when necessary. The lightning flash reflects the battalion?s information distribution functions via electronic media. The Greek letter "PSI" suggests the word "psychological" and is indicative of the unit?s mission. The primary structure of the letter resembles the numeral "1" and denotes the battalion?s designation.
Crest: The upright dagger suggests the battalion?s numerical designation while highlighting the cutting edge of psychological military operations and technology. Gold is emblematic of honor and high achievement. The taeguk is for Korean War service, while the wavy bars allude to the Caribbean and Grenada. The chess knight embodies power of movement and direction, symbolizing the importance of intelligence in formulating military strategy and countermeasure.

The coat of arms was originally authorized on 2 Oct 1992. It was amended to include a crest on 19 Mar 1997.

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U.S. Army 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (1st PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (1st PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height consisting of the Greek symbol "PSI", gray charged with a gold lightning flash, in front of an open white roll of parchment, all above a black scroll inscribed "First With the Finest" all in gold letters.

Symbolism: The color white stands for purity and truth, the first and preferred type of propaganda utilized by the Battalion; the colors gray and black are for the second and third types. The roll of parchment prefers to the unit?s ability to produce and disseminate written propaganda. The lightning flash is for its ability in the radio broadcast field. The Greek symbol for "PSI" refers to the psychological mission of the organization. In addition, the symbol alludes to the Battalion?s numerical designation by its similarity to the figure "I".

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 15 Jun 1967.

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U.S. Army 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (3rd PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (3rd PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert, a stylized sword Argent grip Gules between two arced lightning flashes Or.

Crest: From a wreath Argent and Vert a double-headed chess knight Argent and Sable garnished Gules superimposed by a palm tree Or.

Motto: POWER TO INFLUENCE.

Symbolism
Shield: Jungle green and silver gray/Argent are the colors traditionally used by Psychological Operations units. The sword represents military preparedness and has three combined cutting edges to denote teamwork and under-score the battalion?s numerical designation. The flashes are arced, simulating a circle, highlighting the importance of each army element?s role in total combat readiness. The sword and flashes together reflect the three sources and types of propaganda.
Crest: The double-headed chess knight symbolizes strategy as well as the dual nature of propaganda and psychological operations. It is banded in red to commemorate the unit?s Meritorious Unit Commendation and is superimposed by a palm tree for war service in Southwest Asia.

The coat of arms was authorized on 16 Nov 1995.

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U.S. Army 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (3rd PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion (3rd PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Vert, a stylized sword Argent grip Gules between two arced lightning flashes Or. Around the bottom of the shield a silver metal scroll inscribed "POWER TO INFLUENCE" in red.

Symbolism: Jungle green and silver gray are the colors traditionally used by Psychological Operations units. The sword represents military preparedness and has three combined cutting edges to denote teamwork and under-score the battalion?s numerical designation. The flashes are arced, simulating a circle, highlighting the importance of each army element?s role in total combat readiness. The sword and flashes together reflect the three sources and types of propaganda.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 16 Nov 1995.

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U.S. Army 5th Psychological Operations Battalion (5th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 5th Psychological Operations Battalion (5th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert (Dark Green), a stylized arrow issuing from sinister chief arching to base, point to dexter Argent (Silver Gray); on a pile of the like an arrow point to base intersecting a stylized semi-circular arrow point to sinister Sable.

Crest: None.

Motto: VICTORY THROUGH INFLUENCE.

Symbolism
Shield: Dark green and silver gray are the colors traditionally associated with Psychological Operations. The pile symbolizes military fortitude and power, also denotes the unit’s designation, “V” (5). The two black arrows signify the Greek letter “psi” used to symbolize “psychology,” also alludes to the mind. The combination of the pile and the psi symbol suggests the “power over the mind,” the battalion mission. The arched arrow at the bottom pierced by the pile indicates the battalion’s persuasion to block enemy propaganda.

The coat of arms was approved effective 16 October 2004.

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U.S. Army 5th Psychological Operations Battalion (5th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 5th Psychological Operations Battalion (5th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of three black arrows, the tips (points) of which are outlined in silver. One arrow is severely curved about the circumference, the second less severely curved, starting and ending at the outer limits and passing through the center, and the third straight and penetrating the other two.

Symbolism: The two curved arrows represent enemy propaganda, distorting the truth, aimed at friendly forces. The straight arrow represents truth and knowledge piercing enemy propaganda and omitting light (silver metal) while the enemy propaganda attempts to block and restrain the light. There is a secondary symbolism in that the three types of propaganda—black (emanating from other than purported source), gray (doubtful source), and white (emanating from purported source)—are represented by the degree of curvature of the arrows. The black and silver serve to gain attention by its contrast but is subtle in that conservative colors are used.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 5th Psychological Operations Battalion on 31 January 1967. It was redesignated for the 5th Psychological Operations Group on 29 January 1976. The insignia was redesignated effective 16 October 2004, for the 5th Psychological Operations Battalion.

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U.S. Army 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (6th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (6th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert, a sword Or with three radiating lightning flash blades Argent (Silver Gray), Argent and Sable, the hilt issuing a wreath of oak of the second.

Crest: From a wreath Or and Vert issuing from a palm frond fesswise of the first entwined with a riband of the second a demi-dragon Gules.

Motto: VERITAS VOS LIBERABIT.

Symbolism
Shield: Jungle green is the primary color used by Psychological Operations units. The battalion?s function of dissemination of propaganda, by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets, is characterized by the lightning flashes and oak leaves emanating from the sword hilt. The colors gray, white and black are borrowed from the coat of arms of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School (formerly Psychological Warfare School) and refer to the half-truth, the truth and the untruth.
Crest: The dragon highlights the unit?s airborne mission and the palm commemorates the organization?s campaign participation credits and honors earned in Vietnam. Red symbolizes valor and sacrifice and is the color of the Meritorious Unit Commendation; gold is the color of honor and high achievement. The number of loops in the ribbon around the palm highlight the three decorations the organization was awarded in Vietnam; dark green is adapted from the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal.

The coat of arms was authorized on 20 Jun 1997.

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U.S. Army 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (6th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (6th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a wreath of oak leaves in gold surmounted in base by a gold sword hilt and issuant therefrom to chief three lightning flashes of gray, white and black enamel from let to right respectively.

Symbolism: The Battalion?s function of dissemination of propaganda by radio broadcast and prepared leaflets is characterized by the lightning flashes and oak leaves emanating from the sword hilt. The colors gray, white and black are borrowed from the coat of arms of the U.S. Army Special Warfare School (formerly Psychological Warfare School) and refer to the half-truth, the truth and the untruth.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 3 Jan 1967.

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U.S. Army 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (8th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (8th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert (bottle green), on an octagon one point up Argent (Silver Gray) voided Sable, four lightning flashes two and two radiating from base point Or overall, and between the flashes a quill palewise of the last.

Crest: From a wreath Silver Gray and Vert, a laurel wreath Proper superimposed by a bamboo annulet Or and surmounted by two scimitars hilts to base saltirewise Proper; overall a dragon's head couped Gules garnished Tenné, armed Argent.

Motto: TRIUMPHUS PERSUASIONIS (Triumph of Persuasion).

Symbolism
Shield: Bottle green and silver gray are colors traditionally associated with Psychological Operations organizations. The black background of the octagon refers to the darkness of ignorance in reference to the uninformed state of mind of the Battalion’s target audience. The silver gray border conveys light and knowledge and points to the unit’s goal of enlightening the mind by means of persuasion. The lightning flashes imply radio broadcasts or oral words; the quill is for written words and together they represent the methods used by the organization to persuade the target audience. The eight sides suggest the Battalion’s numerical designation.
Crest: Silver gray and bottle (Vert) represent the branch of the battalion. The many campaigns in which the unit participated in Vietnam are recalled by the bamboo annulet and the dragon's head. The annulet also denotes continuity of achievement during Vietnam service. The scimitars signify unit campaigns in defense of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The laurel wreath, symbolic of honor and achievement, refers to the decorations awarded to the battalion. Gold denotes excellence.

The coat of arms was authorized on 22 Mar 1993. It was amended to include a crest on 22 July 2002.

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U.S. Army 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (8th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 8th Psychological Operations Battalion (8th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height, consisting of a black octagon within a white border one point up, bearing four gold lightning flashes radiating from the base point, overall between the flashes, two and two, a gold quill pen; all above a gold scroll inscribed "TRIUMPHUS PERSUASIONIS" in black.

Symbolism: The black background of the octagon refers to the darkness of ignorance in reference to the uninformed state of mind of the Battalion’s target audience. The white border conveys light and knowledge and points to the unit’s goal of enlightening the mind by means of persuasion. The lightning flashes imply radio broadcasts or oral words; the quill is for written words and together they represent the methods used by the organization to persuade the target audience. The eight sides suggest the Battalion’s numerical designation.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion on 7 Jan 1969. It was amended to correct the description on 4 Feb 1969. The insignia was amended on 22 Mar 1993 to include the metric measurement in the description and revise the symbolism.

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U.S. Army 9th Psychological Operations Battalion (9th PSYOP), coat of arms U.S. Army 9th Psychological Operations Battalion (9th PSYOP), coat of arms

Shield: Vert, on a bezant flaunches Gules, overall four lightning bolts saltirewise Argent between four billets Or, on a chief Gray a triangle point up of the third entoured by three triangles points up in triangle Sable.

Crest: None

Motto: WIN THE MIND, WIN THE DAY.

Symbolism: Dark green and silver gray are the colors associated with Psychological Operations. White, gray and black refers to the gradation and types of propaganda utilized in the psychological operations mission. The triangle, symbolic of support, indications its support operations. It is also the Pythagorean symbol for wisdom. The triangles, each within the other, allude to the mind, which is considered the complex of man?s faculties, and highlight the unit?s motto. The gold billets, indicative of leaflets, together with the flashes refer to the production and dissemination of audio and visual propaganda and suggest the organization?s origin as a Loudspeaker and Leaflet Company. The battalion?s activation in the Canal Zone is depicted by the gold area of the disc narrowed by red, indicative of the Isthmus of Panama (as suggested by the Panama Canal Department shoulder sleeve insignia). In the symbolism of numbers, the numerical designation of the battalion represents a triple synthesis, here depicted by three triangles.

The coat of arms was authorized on 9 Aug 1995.

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U.S. Army 9th Psychological Operations Battalion (9th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Army 9th Psychological Operations Battalion (9th PSYOP), distinctive unit insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gold disc bearing on each side red circular segments projecting towards center, and overall three isosceles triangles constructed within each other throughout: white, with point up within gray, point down within black, point up extending over the disc and charged with three gold oblongs (heraldic billets); four red flashes radiant from the latter triangle, two each at the top and base, projecting over and dividing a black looped scroll inscribed "Win the Mind / Win the Day" in gold letters.

Symbolism: The colors white, gray and black refer to the gradations and types of propaganda utilized in the psychological operations mission of the Battalion. The triangle, symbolic of support, indicates the support operations. It is also the Pythagorean symbol from wisdom. The triangles each within the other allude to the mind which is considered the complex of man?s faculties. The Unit?s motto pertains to its significance. The gold billets indicative of leaflets, together with the flashes, refer to the production and disseminating of audio and visual propaganda. They also suggest the Organization?s origin as a Loudspeaker and Leaflet Company. The Battalion?s activation in the Canal Zone is depicted by the gold area of the disc narrowed by the red, indicative of the Isthmus of Panama as suggested by the historic Panama Canal Department shoulder sleeve insignia. In the symbolism of numbers, the numerical designation of the Battalion represents a triple synthesis here depicted by the three triangles.

The distinctive unit insignia was authorized on 14 May 1968.

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