Flash and Insignia
|Special Forces Command (Airborne)|
Beret Flash Description: A shield-shaped embroidered item with a semicircular base 2 1/4 inches (5.72cm) in height and 1 7/8 inches (4.76cm) in width overall consisting of a green background edged with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) silver gray border.
The beret flash was approved on 6 Mar 1995.
1st Special Operations Command
1982 - 1990
Special Forces Branch Insignia
The Special Forces officer branch inherited its insignia - two crossed arrows - from the Indian scouts, several of whom earned Medals of Honor while serving U.S. forces in almost every major campaign. Crossed arrows were a symbol of peace to the U.S. Scouts, which were deactivated in 1939.
However, the crossed arrows served the 1st Special Service Force through World War II, and some Special Forces officers at Fort Bragg began wearing them unofficially on their collars in the Sixties. In April 1987 a separate branch of the Army was created for Special Forces and the crossed arrows were formally adopted as their official branch insignia.