ROTC Governing Documents

  • AR 145-2, TRADOC Supplement 1 to 145-2 and AR 840-10 (JROTC)
  • AR 145-1 and AR 840-10 (SROTC)

The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH) is responsible for the design of ROTC shoulder loop insignia (SLI) (metal and enamel devices), shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) and organizational flags.

To obtain a SSI or SLI, submit a written request for authorization along with the ROTC Request for Insignia Form through the school district, ROTC Brigade, US Army Cadet Command and to TIOH.

TIOH does not charge for the design of ROTC insignia. However, each school is responsible for SSI and SLI procurement using a TIOH Certified Manufacturer.

The Institute follows Army policy and will not authorize changes to ROTC insignia once approved.

Sample of Shoulder Loop Insignia (SLI)

Shoulder Loop Insignia (SLI)

Size: Not larger than 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm).

Purpose: Promotes esprit de corps.

Acceptable design elements: Military/educational items showing nature of the organization; historical items; special achievement; mission of the school, unit or area; elements of school seal. The school motto may appear on a scroll attached to the SLI.

Unacceptable design elements: Cartoon characters, logos, dates, cities, states and letters "ROTC" or other letters as part of the design.

Sample of Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI)

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI)

Size: Not larger than 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm).

Purpose: Worn on the right shoulder sleeve; identifies ROTC unit.

Acceptable design elements: Mascot, distinctive buildings, landmarks, geographical or regional features (but not actual county or state outlines). The school name or nickname may appear on a designation band or may be attached above/below the design.

Unacceptable design elements: Cartoon characters, logos, dates, cities, states and letters.

Organizational Flag and Guidons

Each school is entitled to an organization flag and guidon(s). TACOM maintains standard base drawings from which organizational flags and guidons are produced.

Flags and guidons should be requisitioned through supply channels on DD Form 1348-6 (Manual), Routing Identifier Code AP 5, from US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Clothing and Heraldry, Product Integration Directorate, 700 Robbins Avenue, PO Box 57997, Philadelphia, PA 19111-7997 or online at

TACOM Point of Contact is Ms. Marianne Gallagher at (215) 737-2083.