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Military Entrance Processing Command Patch. Alpha Units. US Army

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Description
A pentagon 2 7/8 inches (7.30cm) in height divided into quarters, those at upper left and lower right checkered white and black, those at upper right and lower left scarlet and blue respectively and centered thereon overall a yellow sword point up, all within a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border.

Symbolism
The five corners of the pentagon allude to the five services comprising MEPCOM, the jointly staffed organization supporting all recruiting departments. The three basic functions performed in the selective process are represented by the checky background indicative of the administrative processing and the colors blue and red are symbolic of the mental and medical aspects. The gold sword represents the high ideals inherent in the new service member.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 18 Nov 1983 for wear by personnel of the U.S. Army Element, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command.

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