The Institute of Heraldry has a long and distinguished record of support to the United States Army. Its roots were firmly planted in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson directed the creation of the Heraldic Program Office under the War Department General Staff. Its purpose was to take responsibility for the coordination and approval of coats of arms and other insignia for Army organizations.
Instructions for Requests for Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) and Shoulder Loop Insignia (SLI) (also known as Unit Patch and Insignia) as well as Flag and Guidons
Step 1: To get a new or updated unit patch and/or insignia design authorized, submit a request form (ROTC Request for Insignia Form) and a memorandum (Request for SSI SLI) through your Brigade TIOH POC who’ll email JROTC Directorate’s TIOH POC to review. Next, JROTC Directorate’s TIOH POC will review it, approve it, and email it to TIOH POC. Here is a sample heraldry request packet (Sample Heraldry Packet - 14 JAN 2022).
Step 2: To get an organizational flag, submit a request form (ROTC Request for Insignia Form) through your Brigade TIOH POC who’ll email JROTC Directorate’s TIOH POC to review. Next, JROTC Directorate’s TIOH POC will review it, approve it, and email it to TIOH POC. Next, submit a requisition online at www.heraldry.army.mil. Further steps are in this document RequistioningFlagsGuidonsStreamers.
Step 4: The Institute of Heraldry will be in contact with whoever is shown as the POC on the ROTC request form and fillable memorandum.
Costs: There is no charge to you for the design of a unit patch and/or insignia. However, each school pays for manufacture of its unit patch and/or insignia through its own JROTC budget. There is no charge to you for replacing guidons and an organizational flag with wear and tear every five years. You can use Military Personnel Army (MPA) funds and donated funds, but can’t use Operations and Maintenance Army (OMA) funds. This document (CERTIFIED MANUFACTURERS LIST 2018(MASTER) shows manufacturers that are certified by The Institute of Heraldry.
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U.S. Army Cadet Command, JROTC
The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH)