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Combat Arms branchesEdit

Name Insignia Plaque Color Established Branch Commander
Infantry
US Army Infantry Insignia

(1924)
U.S. Army Infantry, branch plaque Infantry Blue 14 June 1775 Chief of Infantry (03 August 1981)
* Chief of Infantry (01 July 1920 - 09 March 1942)
Basic Branch
Corps of Engineers
* Corps of Engineers for the U.S. (11 Mar 1779 - 16 Mar 1802)
US Army Engineer Insignia

(1924)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, branch plaque Scarlet and
White Piping
11 Mar 1779
(16 June 1775)
Chief of Engineers (16 June 1775) Basic Branch
Field Artillery
* Artillery Corps (06 Feb 1901 - 25 Jan 1907)
* Artillery (01 Jun 1821 - 06 Feb 1907)
* Corps of Artillery (30 Mar 1814 - 01 Jun 1821)
* Artillery (1802 - 1814)
* Corps of Artillerists and Engineers (09 May 1794 - 1802)
* Artillery (17 Nov 1775 - 09 May 1794)
US Army Field Artillery Insignia

(04 April 1907)
U.S. Army Field Artillery, branch plaque Scarlet and
Yellow Piping
25 January 1907
(17 November 1775)
Chief of Field Artillery (01 October 1983)
* Chief of Field Artillery (01 July 1920 - 28 February 1942)
* Chief of Artillery (02 February 1901 - 04 May 1907)
* Corps Commandant (26 Feb 1795 - 1802)
Basic Branch
Armor
* Armored Force (10 Jul 1940 - 09 Jul 1942)
* Tank Corps (09 Mar 1918 - 01 Jul 1920)
* Cavalry (27 Nov 1855 - 28 Jun 1950)
** Mounted Riflemen (1848-1861)
** Dragoons (1833-1861)
** Light Dragoons (1776-1814)
Armor Branch Insignia

(1950)
U.S. Army Armor, branch plaque Yellow 28 June 1950
(12 December 1776)
Chief of Armor
* Chief of Armored Forces (10 July 1940 - 09 March 1942)
* Chief of the Tank Corps
Basic Branch
Air Defense Artillery
Air Defense Artillery Insignia

(01 December 1968)
U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery, branch plaque Scarlet and
Yellow Piping
12 January 1968 Chief of Air Defense Artillery (00 November 1986) Basic Branch
Aviation
US Army Aviation Insignia

(1983)
U.S. Army Aviation, branch plaque Ultramarine Blue and
Golden Orange Piping
12 April 1983 Chief of Aviation (12 April 1983) Basic Branch
Special Forces Special Forces
(1987)
U.S. Army Special Forces (USASFC), branch plaque Jungle Green 09 April 1987

Combat Support branchesEdit

Insignia Plaque Name Established Branch Commander Activation
US Army Signal Corps Insignia
Signal Corps 21 Jun 1860 Chief Signal Officer 03 Mar 1863 Basic Branch
Chemical Branch Insignia
Chemical Corps 28 Jun 1918 Chief Chemical Officer 01 Jul 1920 Basic Branch
US Military Police
Military Police Corps
* Corps of Military Police
26 Sep 1941 - 1950
1950
Commandant of Military Police Basic Branch
Military Intelligence insignia
Military Intelligence Corps
* Intelligence and Security (1962-1967)
* Military Intelligence, USAR (1923-1962)
01 Jul 1962 Basic Branch
Electronic Warfare Electronic Warfare 26 Jan 2009

Combat Service Support branchesEdit

Insignia Plaque Name Established Branch Commander Activation
Adjutant General's Corps
Adjutant General's Corps
* Adjutant General's Department
16 Jun 1775 Adjutants General Basic Branch
Finance Corps Insignia
Finance Corps
* Finance Department
* Pay Department
16 Jun 1775 - 24 Aug 1912;
01 Jul 1920
Chief of Finance 8 May 1792 - 24 Aug 1912;
01 Jul 1920
Basic Branch
US Army Quartermaster Corps Insignia
Quartermaster Corps
* Quartermaster's Department
16 Jun 1775 Quartermaster General 14 Aug 1775 Basic Branch
Chaplain Corps 29 Jul 1775 Chief of Chaplains 15 Jul 1920
US Medical Corps Medical Corps
* Medical Department
27 Jul 1775 Surgeon General 27 Jul 1775 Basic Branch
US Army JAG Corps Insignia
Judge Advocate General's Corps
* Judge Advocate General's Department
* Corps of Judge Advocates
* Bureau of Military Justice
29 Jul 1775 - 01 Jun 1802;
02 Mar 1849
Judge Advocate General 29 Jul 1775 - 01 Jun 1802;
02 Mar 1849
US Army Ordnance Insignia
Ordnance Corps
* Ordnance Department
14 May 1812 - 02 Mar 1821;
05 Apr 1832 - 01 Aug 1962;
01 Nov 1983
Chief of Ordnance 02 Jul 1812 - 01 Aug 1962
18 Oct 1985
Nurse Corps 02 Feb 1901 Chief of the Army Nurses Corps
Dental Corps 03 Mar 1911 Chief of the Army Dental Corps
Veterinary Corps 03 Jun 1916 Chief of the Veterinary Corps
Medical Service Corps 30 Jun 1917 Chief of the Medical Service Corps 30 Jun 1917
Transportation Corps Insignia
Transportation Corps 31 Jul 1942 Chief of Transportation 31 Jul 1942 Basic Branch
Medical Specialist Corps 16 Apr 1947 Chief of the Medical Specialist Corps
Acquisition Corps insignia
Acquisition Corps 11 Jan 1990 Director of Acquisition Corps
Civil Affairs 16 Oct 2006
Psychological Operations Psychological Operations 16 Oct 2006
Logistics Branch, USA
Logistics 01 Jan 2008
[[File: Army Bands

Special branchesEdit

Insignia Plaque Name Established Branch Commander Activation
US Army Inspector General Insignia Office of the Inspector General, United States Army
* Inspector General's Department (1777-19??)
13 December 1777 Inspector General 13 September 1777
US Army General Staff Insignia
General Staff Detail
* General Staff Corps (1902-1947)
14 February 1903 Chief of Staff 15 August 1903
National Guard Bureau insignia National Guard Bureau
* Militia Bureau (1903-1933)
1903 Chief of the National Guard Bureau 14 February 1908

Obsolete branchesEdit

Insignia Plaque Name Established Branch Commander Activation
Subsistence Department insignia (2) Subsistence Department 04 Apr 1812 - 24 Aug 1912 Commissary General 04 Apr 1812 - 24 Aug 1912 Obsolete
[[File: Corps of Topographical Engineers 04 Jul 1838 - 03 Mar 1863 Chief of Topographical Engineers Obsolete
Bureau of Insular Affairs
Bureau of Insular Affairs
* Customs and Insular Division
13 Dec 1898 - 30 Jun 1938 Chief of the Bureau of Insular Affairs 12 Feb 1900 - 30 Jun 1938 Obsolete
Coast Artillery Insignia
Coast Artillery Corps 04 May 1907 - 28 Jun 1950 Chief of Coast Artillery 01 Jul 1908 - 09 Mar 1942 Obsolete
Tank Corps Insignia Tank Corps 09 Mar 1918 - 01 Jul 1920 Chief of the Tank Corps Obsolete
US Army Air Corps Insignia
Air Corps 24 May 1918 - 18 Sept 1947 Chief of Air Corps 27 Aug 1918 - 18 Sept 1947 Obsolete
[[File: Motor Transport Corps 15 Aug 1918 - 00 Jun 1920 Chief of the Motor Transport Corps Obsolete
Women's Army Corps
Women's Army Corps
* Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
15 May 1942 - 20 Oct 1978 Director of the Women's Army Corps 15 May 1942 - 20 Oct 1978 Obsolete

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