The Official Insignia of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Branch
On a dagger point up, a heralding sun all in gold charged with an oriental blue rose.
The insignia was originally approved in 1962 for the Army Intelligence and Security Branch and redesignated to the Military Intelligence Branch on 1 July 1967.
The sun, composed of four straight and four wavy alternating rays, is the symbol of Helios who, as God of the Sun, could see and hear everything.
The four straight rays of the sun symbol also allude to the four points of the compass and the worldwide mission of the Military Intelligence Branch.
The placement of the sun symbol beneath the rose (an ancient symbol of secrecy) refers to the operations and activities being conducted under circumstances forbidding disclosure.
The partially concealed, unsheathed dagger alludes to the aggressive and protective requirements and the element of physical danger inherent in the mission.
The color gold signifies successful accomplishment and the dark blue signifies vigilance and loyalty.
An In-depth Study of the M.I. Crest
(Compliments of The S2 Company)
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