U.S. Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention Force, A-1-945

Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention Force, A-1-945


Description/Blazon
On a blue isosceles triangle with all angles rounded, fifty-four (54) white stars around the circumference, surmounted by a red triangle edged with a 1/32 inch (.08 cm) white border, bearing a white image of the Minute Man statue by Daniel French, facing to the left, shaded and detailed silver gray, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border. Attached below two red vertical stacked scrolls edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border and a 1/32 inch (.08 cm) blue border between the scrolls and inscribed on top "NATIONAL GUARD" and on the bottom "RECRUITING & RETENTION" in blue letters. Overall dimensions are 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in width and 4 3/16 inches (11.12 cm) in length.

Symbolism
Red, white, and blue are the national colors. The 54 stars denote the existence of the Army National Guard in all 50 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia. The Minute Man symbolizes the Army National Guard, the oldest component of the United States Armed Forces. The triangle signifies protection, alluding to the Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention Forces' function to provide and maintain military strength for national defense.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 12 October 2007.
(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-945)

Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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