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U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)


U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), distinctive unit insignia U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), distinctive unit insignia

An oval-shaped metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54 cm) high by 27/32 inch (2.14 cm) wide, consisting of a black oval bearing a gold finial spearhead upright with three gold bands on the shaft issuing from the base of narrow gold border, surrounded by a black designation band inscribed "SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND" arched at the bottom and "UNITED STATES" arched at the top divided by four stars, two on the left and two on the right in base metal. The circumference edged with a rope border of base metal.

Symbolism: The color black represents special operations activities that may be performed under the cover of darkness. The color gold embodies the excellent quality of special operations forces and their intrinsic value to the Nation's defense. The spearhead, taken from color staffs dating from antiquity, represents the initial force of attack and symbolizes how special operations forces lead the way to subduing the enemy's defenses. The four stars represent the four points of the compass emphasizing the global mission, and the gold cord encircling the oval emphasizes strength through unity.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved for the United States Army Element of the United States Special Operations Command and wear extended to the United States Army Element of Joint Special Operations Command on 16 August 2002.

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U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), emblem
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U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), emblem

The color black represents special operations activities that may be performed under the cover of darkness. The color gold visualizes the excellent quality of special operations forces and their intrinsic value to the Nation's defense. The spearhead, taken from color staffs dating from antiquity, represents the initial force of attack and symbolizes how special operations forces lead the way to subduing the enemy's defenses. The three golden rings surrounding the spear are indicative of the forces assigned from the Army, Air Force and Navy. The four stars represent the four points of the compass emphasizing the global mission, and the braided cord encircling the shield emphasizes strength through jointness.

The emblem was approved by the USSOCOM Commander in Chief on 9 Dec 1987.

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U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), shoulder sleeve insignia U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), shoulder sleeve insignia

On a black oval with a 3/16 inch (.48cm) yellow braided inner border and a 1/8 inch (.32cm) overedge outer border, 2 5/8 inches (6.67cm) in width and 3 1/4 inch (8.26cm) in height overall, a yellow finial spearhead with three yellow bands issuing from base. Attached immediately above as an integral part of the insignia, a black arc tab 1 1/16 inches (2.70cm) in width 2 1/2 inches (6.35cm) in length, containing the inscription "AIRBORNE" 5/16 inch (.79cm) in height in yellow letters.

Symbolism: The shoulder sleeve insignia is adapted from the official seal of the United States Special Operations Command. The color black alludes to special operations activities performed under the cover of darkness. The color yellow represents the quality of excellence as performed by the Command in the Nation's defense. The spearhead suggests the fighting capabilities of the Command. The bands on the spearhead refer to the forces assigned from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The braided border encircling the shield represents strength through jointness.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved on 15 Sep 1988. It was cancelled and a revised version was authorized on 22 May 1990. The insignia was amended on 14 Aug 1996 to correct the description. It was amended to extend wear to the U.S. Army Element of Joint Special Operations Command and to correct the description on 10 Jun 2002. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-748)

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U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), emblem
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U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), emblem

U.S. Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP), emblem U.S. Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP), emblem

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