U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE
SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a red shield 3 inches (7.62cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08cm) in width, between 2 segments of a yellow arched embattled fess, a sword, with yellow hilt and white blade, point to top, all within a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border.
Symbolism: Yellow and red are the Vietnam colors. The red ground alludes to the infiltration and aggression from beyond the embattled "wall" (i.e., the Great Wall of China). The opening in the "wall" through which this infiltration and aggression flow is blocked by the sword representing United States military aid and support. The "wall" is arched and the sword pointed upward in reference to the offensive action pushing the aggressors back.
Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the U.S. Army Personnel Serving in Vietnam on 5 Mar 1963. It was amended to extend authorization of wear by personnel assigned to the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, on 10 Feb 1966.