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[West Point Organizational Colors] by Tom Gregg, 13 June 1997



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Organizational Colors

Organizational Flag, U.S. Military Academy (West Point). West Point, as distinct from the U.S. Corps of Cadets, has its own organizational flag in the same proportions as the Corps of Cadets' color (4:5). Black, gray and yellow are the USMA's traditional colors. The Greek helmet is also used as a collar (branch of service) insignia for wear by military personnel permanently assigned to the USMA, and it figures in the shoulder sleeve insignia, worn on the field uniform by cadets, and on all uniforms by personnel assigned to the Academy staff.
Tom Gregg, 18 June 1997

The Organizational Flag, U.S. Military Academy has the characteristics of an "office flag" or "display flag." It is never hoisted or carried in parades. The only colours that are ever carried on parade at West Point are the National Colours, the U.S. Corps of Cadets Colours, and for 2002, the USMA Bicentennial Commemorative Flag.
Jack James, 12 August 2002


Corps of Cadets

[West Point Cadet Colors] by Tom Gregg, 13 June 1997

U.S. Army Organizational Color, U.S. Corps of Cadets (West Point). Two of the U.S. Army's color-bearing organizations, the U.S. Corps of Cadets (West Point) and the 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) have colors proportioned 4:5. All others are 3:4.

The color of the Corps of Cadets has a black, gray and yellow fringe and is always displayed with cord and tassels in the same colors. My image is based on the official illustration and description in AR 840-10 -- which unfortunately omits to mention the colors for the scroll and title. I have assumed that they conform to standard practice for U.S. Army colors, i.e. white scroll with inscription in the primary branch color and scroll outline in the secondary branch color. If anybody can confirm or correct this, I'd appreciate the information.
Tom Gregg, 27 July 1997

As a point of interest, these colours have a completely unique, and very beautiful finial. It is a large silver spearhead (more narrow at the base and much taller than a standard U.S. Army finial) upon which is engraved the coat of arms of the Academy, as depicted on the colors. The National Colours carried by the Colour Guard have a similar finial engraved with the Arms of the United States.
Jack James, 12 August 2002


Guidons

[West Point Cadet Troop Guidon] by Tom Gregg, 26 May 1997

The U.S. Corps of Cadets (U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point) is organized into three regiments, each consisting of a number of companies. Each company has two guidons. The "dress" guidon displays the regimental number and the company letter above and below the initials "U.S.C.C."      The "field" guidon just has the regimental number. The colors are officially described as golden yellow and silver gray.


Preparatory School

[West Point Prep School Guidon] by Tom Gregg, 29 May 1997

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