US ARMY CENTERS & SCHOOLS
 


 
ORGANIZATIONAL FLAGS    COLD WAR ERA
 
Images Added August 2105

Infantry School OCS Brigade & Battalion
 

During the Cold War era, US Army doctrine, organization and training were the responsibility of Centers and Schools. The former concerned themselves with doctrine, unit tables of organization and training standards while the latter carried out training. Because of the close relationship between these two missions Centers and Schools were co-located, e.g. the Armor Center and the Armor School at Fort Knox. For the larger branches the Schools were organized with brigades, battalions and companies that provided all types of branch-specific training such as officer basic and advanced courses, initial Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) training for enlisted personnel, NCO courses, etc. Smaller branch schools were organized with training companies only. The Reserve Officer Training Corps program had its own infrastructure. Personnel of reserve components of the Army (Army National Guard and Army Reserve) were mostly trained by the active component schools but they also maintained school systems of their own.

 Cold War-era Centers and Schools of the US Army were authorized distinctive organizational flags of the following designs. Flags of most Centers that were branch-oriented had a field in the primary branch color and fringe in the secondary branch color. The branch insignia, in either the secondary branch color or in proper colors, was centered on the flag. For flags of branch-oriented Schools, the organization's device (coat of arms) replaced the branch insignia. Brigades of schools had flags with a field in the primary branch color and fringe in the secondary branch color, with a canton of the colors and design of the organization's device. For the Infantry branch, this scheme was modified: The Infantry Center's flag was national flag blue with yellow fringe and bore the Infantry branch insignia in white. The Infantry School's flag had a light blue field. Light blue and white are the Infantry branch colors, but national flag blue with yellow fringe is traditional for Infantry organizational colors. Brigades and battalions of the Infantry School had a national flag blue field and white fringe with a canton of the School's device. Schools not oriented to branch had flags of a design specified by the Army Institute of Heraldry. Generally they displayed the organization's device or shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI). Officer Candidate School brigades and battalions of service schools had organizational flags of the standard pattern for the school with the OCS monogram added.

The insignia on the organizational flag of First Region US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Command, is the ROTC SSI. Headquarters, ROTC Cadet Command, had a similar flag, without the scroll above the SSI. The device on the organizational flag of the 4160th US Army Reserve Forces School is the is the Lexington Minuteman, the insignia of the US Army Reserve.

In the 1980s school brigades and battalions began to be reflagged, assuming the identity of previously inactivated units. For example, battalions of the Field Artillery School were reflagged as field artillery battalions. This change was instituted to preserve in the Army force structure units with storied histories and distinguished combat records. Thus many of the flags depicted below are no longer in use.

See here for guidons of companies and batteries of Centers and Schools.
 


 

 

SENIOR COMMAND AND STAFF SCHOOLS

 

THE ARMY WAR COLLEGE

 

THE COMBINED ARMS CENTER & FORT LEAVENWORTH

 

THE COMMAND & GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE

 

BRANCH CENTERS & SCHOOLS

 

THE ARMOR CENTER & FORT KNOX

 

THE ARMOR SCHOOL
 

 

1st BRIGADE, THE ARMOR SCOOL
 

 

3rd BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE
THE ARMOR SCHOOL

 

THE AVIATION CENTER & FORT RUCKER

 

THE AVIATION SCHOOL

 

THE ENGINEER CENTER & FORT LEONARD WOOD

 

THE ENGINEER SCHOOL
 

 

1st BRIGADE, THE ENGINEER SCHOOL
 

 

2nd BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE
THE ENGINEER SCHOOL

 

THE FIELD ARTILLERY CENTER & FORT SILL

 

THE FIELD ARTILLERY SCHOOL
 

 

1st BRIGADE
THE FIELD ARTILLERY SCHOOL

 

2nd BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE
THE FIELD ARTILLERY SCHOOL

 

THE INFANTRY CENTER & FORT BENNING

 

THE INFANTRY SCHOOL
 

 

1st BRIGADE, THE INFANTRY SCHOOL
 

 

2nd BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE
THE INFANTRY SCHOOL

 

1st OCS BRIGADE, THE INFANTRY SCHOOL
 

 

3rd BATTALION, 1st OCS BRIGADE, THE INFANTRY SCHOOL

 

OTHER SCHOOLS

 

FIRST REGION, US ARMY ROTC CADET COMMAND
 

 

4160th US ARMY RESERVE FORCES SCHOOL
 



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