Chaplain Insignia

Army

First Army Chaplain InsigniaOn Feb. 13, 1880 the shepherd’s crook, symbolizing pastoral function, became the first branch insignia authorized for U.S. Army chaplains. It was described as “a shepherd’s crook of frosted silver on a shoulder strap of black velvet.” In 1899, the insignia was changed to a Latin cross. The Jewish chaplain insignia was later approved in 1918. (The Hebrew numerals were replaced with Roman numerals in 1981). (from https://www.facebook.com/#!/ArmyChaplainCorps).

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Photo credits

Shepherd’s Crook: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyChaplainCorps/photos/a.408322599243107.95178.404391086302925/803544936387536/?type=1&theater

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