Army Organizational Flags, Guidons, and Streamers FAQ
WHAT IS A COAT OF ARMS?
A complete coat of arms consists of a shield displayed on the breast of the eagle on the organizational flag and a crest which appears over the eagle's head and a motto displayed on the scroll held in the eagle's beak.
WHAT IS A CREST?
The crest is placed above the eagle's head. Active Army units having war/campaign service are entitled to a crest for their coat of arms. All reserve units have the Minuteman and all National Guard units display the crest authorized for the State to which assigned.
WHO IS AUTHORIZED A COAT OF ARMS?
All TOE regiments and TOE separate battalions are authorized a coat of arms for display on the organizational flag. The request for the DUI is also used for the request for the coat of arms. TIOH will provide a design along with the distinctive unit insignia. After the command concurs with the design, TIOH will prepare a flag drawing and forward it to in Soldier Systems Directorate in Philadelphia for permanent retention.
HOW DO I REQUISITION MY NEWLY APPROVED ORGANIZATIONAL COLOR?
After the organization receives the authorization letter for the coat of arms, a requisition (DD Form 1348-6 Manual) for the flag may be submitted to the Soldier Systems Directorate in Philadelphia.
HOW CAN I DETERMINE WHAT STREAMERS MY UNIT IS ENTITLED TO?
The Center of Military History is the office responsible for determine lineage and honors. You can check their website http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg or contact their assigned points of contact for each branch.