US ARMY TRAINING CENTERS
 


 
ORGANIZATIONAL FLAGS    COLD WAR ERA
 

The manpower requirements of the Cold War-era US Army, particularly during the Vietnam War, demanded a large training infrastructure and this requirement was met by a system of Training Centers. There were five types:  Infantry, Field Artillery, Armor, Engineer and (mostly responsible for conducting basic training) Branch Immaterial. The end of the Vietnam War and the abolition of the draft eliminated the need for these Training Centers and they were gradually inactivated. None exist today and they are unlikely to reappear unless the United States should fully mobilize for war.

Organizational flags for Training Centers were 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly with 2 1/2-inch fringe. Older versions were made of bunting; newer versions were made of heavyweight rayon banner cloth. Insignia and numerals were applied to appear properly on both sides of the flag. For all but Infantry, the field of the flag was in the primary branch color, the canton and fringe were in the secondary branch color, and the branch insignia in the canton was in the primary branch color. Infantry Training Center flags had a national flag blue field, a white canton with national flag blue branch insignia, and white fringe. Non branch-oriented Training Centers had flags with a teal blue field, a yellow canton and the insignia for Branch Immaterial. Brigades and battalions of Training Centers had flags of the same pattern with their numerical designations added in the secondary branch color. These flags were always carried or displayed with a National Color of the same material and dimensions, as shown for the Infantry Training Center.

The Branch Immaterial flags remain in use with certain training activities that are not oriented to a particular branch.
 


 

NATIONAL COLOR & ORGANIZATIONAL FLAGS

 

         

INFANTRY TRAINING CENTER

 

3rd BRIGADE, INFANTRY TRAINING CENTER
 

 

1st BATTALION, 3rd BRIGADE
INFANTRY TRAINING CENTER

 

ARMOR TRAINING CENTER
 

 

1st BRIGADE, ARMOR TRAINING CENTER
 

 

3rd BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE
ARMOR TRAINING CENTER

 

FIELD ARTILLERY TRAINING CENTER

 

1st BRIGADE, FIELD ARTILLERY TRAINING CENTER
 

 

2nd BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE
FIELD ARTILLERY TRAINING CENTER

 

ENGINEER TRAINING CENTER

 

2nd BRIGADE, ENGINEER TRAINING CENTER
 

 

2nd BATTALION, 2nd BRIGADE
ENGINEER TRAINING CENTER

 

TRAINING CENTER (BRANCH IMMATERIAL)

 

1st BRIGADE, TRAINING CENTER (BRANCH IMMATERIAL)

 

 

1st BATTALION, 1st BRIGADE, TRAINING CENTER
(BRANCH IMMATERIAL)
 



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