1000 Logos Reveals The Facts About US Army Logo That You Didn’t Know

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a Pakistani recruit, 22, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Army, holds an American flag as he poses for a picture. The man asked his name and location to be undisclosed for safety reasons. The AP interviewed three recruits from Brazil, Pakistan and Iran, all of whom said they were devastated by their unexpected discharges. (AP Photo/Mike Knaak)

How much do you know about the US Army Logo? The five-pointed star has been the symbol of American Army for over two centuries, and the history behind it is pretty interesting. Let’s reveal a few facts and secrets connected with this logo.

The meaning and history of US Army Logo

The traditional US Army emblem was creates as long ago as during the American Revolution which took place in 1775-1783. Initially, the emblem serves as a seal used on official documents. Historians claim that the first seal was stamped somewhere in 1778, so this is the year when the official emblem was born.

As indicated by 1000Logos.net, the logotype serves as a great example of resistance to change: the emblem survived through the Indian Wars, the Mexico Incursions, and the two World Wars. It did not change during 169 years! The only thing altered was the words: “War Office” was replaced by “Department of the Army”.

Who is the author of the Star?

The US Army Logo with a star was created by Leo Burnett Worldwide advertisement agency in 2001. It became even more popular than the official seal.

A few words about aesthetics

The official colors of US Army, black and gold are features in both emblems. The star has the color of US flag and a light shade of blue. The word mark that goes with the star emblem is written in a bold, solid serif type.

Facts about the US Army Emblems

  1. When it comes to emblems in the US Army, some part of the emblems indicate the type of army, others indicate certain services, the position, the place of service, or the military rank, and three emblems indicate the category of military man.
  2. The emblems of officers differ from the emblems of soldiers and sergeants in appearance and places of wearing. Military men and women also pin emblems on different places.
  3. Some emblems exist only for officers; others are made only for soldiers and sergeants.
  4. Soldiers and sergeants have emblems of the arms of service only on green, white, and blue tunics. Soldiers and sergeants do not wear the arms of service on any other form (field, official, special). Officers have emblems on green, blue, and white tunics, AG415 green shirts, combat uniforms, and hospital uniforms. Emblems are not worn on outerwear such as a coat, an insulated jacket, or a windbreaker.
  5. Generals wear emblems of their choice or do not wear them at all. They can also wear emblems of old designs and even generally arbitrary ones.
  6. All other officers who are on active duty wear the insignia of the combat arms in their main specialty, and the officers who are seconded to other combat arms bear the signs of the kind of troops to which they are assigned.
  7. Warrant officers, regardless of the type of troops, wear emblems indicating their affiliation with the corps of warrant officers.
  8. The sizes of soldiers and sergeants’ emblems are the same for everyone: this is a gold-colored disk with of 1-inch diameter with an engraved image. The emblems of officers are somewhat larger, but roughly fit into a 1-inch circle. The dimensions of such emblem can go beyond 1 inch in height or in width (but only according to one parameter).


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