Drill Sergeant Identification Badge
Prior to 1958, the badge was a regimental crest with a maroon background. In 1958 it was adopted as the training center’s crest and the background was changed to green. All qualified drill sergeants wear the drill sergeant identification badge.
Each element of the badge has a specific meaning.
It consists of 13 stars representing the original colonies. The torch, burning brightly, in the center symbolizes liberty. The snake is derived from the original "Don't Tread On Me" serpent, a symbol of American independence during the 18th century. Together with the torch and breastplate, it indicated readiness to defend. The breastplate is a symbol of strength. The green background is a vestment worn under the breastplate, Its called a Jupon, which represents the new Army. The snake grasps, with his tail and teeth, a scroll inscribed "This We'll Defend."
The inscription summarizes the meaning of all the symbols on the badge, depicting the determination, devotion, and constant readiness of the American Soldier.