The Inspector General Branch Insignia

A sword and fasces 3/4 inch in height, crossed and wreathed in gold color metal with the inscription "DROIT ET AVANT" (Right and Forward) in blue enamel on the upper part of the wreath. On 26 February 1890, the Inspector General's insignia was approved by the Secretary of War. It consists of a crossed sword and fasces, with wreath. The fasces, composed of an axe in a bundle of rods, was a symbol of authority of Roman magistrates.


The Inspector General Plaque

The plaque design has the Inspector General insignia, letters, and rim in gold. The motto lettering and background are dark blue.

Inspector General Identification Badge (IGIB) and Inspector General Lapel Pin (IGLP)

Centered on dark blue disc and between arched inscriptions “INSPECTOR” above and “GENERAL” below in gold the branch insignia of the Inspector General, a sword and fasces crossed and wreathed in gold bearing the inscription "DROIT ET AVANT" in dark blue on the upper part of the wreath; all within a gold wreath encircling the device. Overall dimensions are 2 inches for the full size metal badge, 1-1/2 inches for the miniature metal badge, and 3/4 inch for the lapel pin.


Subdued IGIB OCP textile patch

Worn only on the OCP uniform, the subdued IGIB emblem on the sew-on patch is 2-1/4 inches in diameter. 

The Inspector General School (TIGS) Emblem

The U.S. Army Inspector General School emblem represents the primary function of the Inspector General system – to Teach and Train. In the background is the fasces overlaid on the sword. The sword represents military power and justice and is subordinate to the fasces, which symbolizes civilian authority. The torch in the center symbolizes knowledge and wisdom by illuminating the darkness of the world through learning, scholarship, teaching, observation, and study. The laurel leaves at the base of the torch further symbolize knowledge and learning. The triangle and its three points represent the other three Inspector General functions of Inspections, Assistance, and Investigations, as well as the Triangle of Confidentiality. Lastly, from an educational perspective, the triangle’s three points represent three key relationships: teacher to student (teaching), teacher to subject (expertise), and student to subject (learning).