Warrant Officer Historical Foundation

(formerly Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation)

A Non-Profit  501 (c) (3) Public Charity

Preserving Army Warrant Officer History ™
Founded May 29, 2003


Origin of the Eagle Rising


 Original Distinctive Insignia of the Army Warrant Officer



On May 12, 1921 a distinctive insignia was approved for Army Warrant Officers.



It consisted of an eagle rising with wings displayed,

adapted from the great seal of the United States.


The eagle is standing on two arrows,

which symbolize the military arts and sciences.


The eagle rising is enclosed within a wreath.


Warrant Officers of the Army Tank Corps were the first to wear this new insignia.



On July 9, 2004, Army Warrant Officers were integrated into the Army Officer Branches. The Eagle Rising Insignia was replaced by the Officer Branch Insignia which corresponds to the branch of the Warrant Officer's primary military occupational specialty.


(Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History)


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