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Brazilian Army Standards (Modern Style)

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All the grants of unit standards made in the last ten years follow a standard pattern. For combat units identified with a particular arm of service (battalions, squadrons, groups, batteries, companies, regiments, brigades, divisions), the field is solid in the color of the arm of service:

  • green for infantry (including army police)
  • white for cavalry and tank units
  • ultramarine blue (azul-ultramar) for artillery
  • sky-blue (azul-celeste) for communications
  • turquoise (azul-turquesa) for engineers
with the coat of arms or distinctive insignia on the center and the "historic denomination" in gold block letters in arcs above and below. Larger organizations (such as military regions) and schools have slightly more complex but still standardized designs.
Joseph McMillan, 2 June 2001

Unless otherwise noted, the sources for all of these are the descriptions and illustrations of the flags at . The descriptions provided are condensed translations of the official descriptions.
Joseph McMillan, 20 June 2001


13th Armored Infantry Battalion (Batalhão Tristão de Alencar Araripe)

13th Armored 
Infantry Bn, Brazilian Armyby Joseph McMillan

Green field, the color of the infantry. On the center a Portuguese shield edged and trimmed in gold: the chief white with the symbol of the armored infantry in gold [two crossed rifles surmounted by a knight's helmet]; first field [first quarter] red with six blue scallop shells, from the arms of the family of Alencar Araripe; second field [second quarter] light blue [azul-claro] with a replica in brown of the island of Fernando Noronha, a strategic point occupied in World War II by a detachment commanded by Colonel Alencar Araripe, who was also governor of the island; third field [base] sky-blue [bleu-celeste] with a stylized silver cup, representing the stone "cup" carved by the wind in the Vila Velha state park, the symbol of the city of Ponta Grossa, seat of the 13° BIB. Surrounding the shield the historic designation, Batalhão Tristão de Alencar Araripe in gold. Approved by Ministerial Order 831, 29 December 1998.
Joseph McMillan, 20 June 2001


17th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment (Regimento Solon Ribeiro)

17th Mechanized Cavalry Regt, 
Brazilian Armyby Joseph McMillan

White field, the color of the cavalry. On the center a sky-blue [azul-celeste] Portuguese shield, edged in red, superimposed on two golden crossed lances. In chief, a Phrygian cap in red; in the center, two crossed silver swords, charged with the numeral "9" and surrounded by a laurel wreath, all in gold. Above the device the historic designation Regimento Solon Ribeiro in gold. Approved by Ministerial Order 466, 16 May 1988.
Joseph McMillan, 20 June 2001


12th Field Artillery Group (Grupo Barão de Jundiahy)

12th Field Artillery Gp, Brazilian Army by Joseph McMillan

Ultramarine blue [azul-ultramar] field, the color of the artillery. On the center, a Portuguese shield edged and trimmed in gold: the chief white with the symbol of the artillery [a flaming grenade] in black and red; the first field silver with a red lion rampant, from the arms of the family of Queiroz, in remembrance of Antônio de Queiroz Telles, Baron of Jundiahy; the second field green with a white fortress surmounting a red cogwheel, elements contained in the flag of the municipality of Jundiaí; the third field [base] sky-blue [azul-celeste] with three stylized black fishes, representing the jundiá, the characteristic fish of the hydrographic basin of the region from which the name of the city where the group has its headquarters is derived. Above the shield a baron's coronet, and surrounding the whole the historic designation Grupo Barão de Jundiahy in gold. Approved by Ministerial Order 666, 16 October 1998.
Joseph McMillan, 20 June 2001


1st Divisional Communications Battalion (Batalhão General Mário da Silva Miranda)

1st Divisional Communications Bn, Brazilian Armyby Joseph McMillan

Sky blue (the branch color of communications) with the unit coat of arms on the center, superimposed on two red lightning flashes in saltire, and the "historic designation" of the unit in gold letters.
Joseph McMillan, 11 February 2002

Military College (Pattern)

Colégio Militar

Colégio Militar (Brazilian Army) by Joseph McMillan

There are a number of these Army-sponsored military secondary schools. All use the same pattern of standard, light blue with a saltire in the national colors of yellow and green, with a red star on the center bordered in silver and with a tower in silver superimposed. Above and below the star are arcs with the words Colégio Militar. At the bottom (not shown on the illustration) would be the name of the city where the particular school is located.
Joseph McMillan, 11 February 2002

Regional Military Command

Comando Militar Amazônia

Amazonia Military Command (Brazilian Army) by Joseph McMillan

An example of the standard of a regional command. The field is red and sky blue, the colors of the Army, with the organizational coat of arms on the center, the words Comando Militar in an arc of gold letters above and the name of the command in gold letters below.
Joseph McMillan, 11 February 2002

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