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[South Africa - Medical Services - 1994] by Paige Herring, 10 Mar 1998 See also:

1994 flag

On 11 November 1994 the new South African military flag was adopted. The flag of SANDF, South African National Defense Forces: green with the national flag in the canton, and emblem in the lower fly (two swords, one anchor, and wings). The Medical service has the same but dark red (and little different emblem: the snake in a pale, symbol of medicine)
Jaume Ollé, 24 Nov 1996

The flags of the SANDF are as described above but with the following detail:
Medical Corps - background colour is maroon/burgundy not red. All these flags are based on the designs used by the former SADF, with the naval ensign being modified slightly as indicated above.
A history of the Flags of the Union Defence Forces and of the South African Defence Force 1912 - 1993 is available as SAVA JOURNAL 2/93. If anyone is interested in this, please contact me off-list.
Bruce Berry, 26 Nov 1996

Former Medical Services Flags

[South Africa - Medical Services - 1981] by Paige Herring, 10 Mar 1998

"The Medical Services were constitued as a separate service on 1 July 1979. As with all other services, the Medical Service was given a flag to represent it. This flag was approved on 11 January 1979 and had slight revisions to its color codes on 5 March 1981.
The first Medical Services Flag consisted of a ruby field with a fimbriated national flag in the canton. The badge of the medical services was placed in the lower fly quarter. This badge consists of a gold outline plan of the Castle of Good Hope, a field of ruby red, and a gold snake coiled around a gold staff.
The second and current Medical Services Flag merely substituted the new South African flag in the canton. Approved on 3 August 1994, it was taken into use 11 November 1994.
Sources: SAVA Journal 2/93, "Flags of the Union Defence Forces and of the South African Defence Force, 1912-1993;" SAVA Newsletter, 11/94."
Paige Herring, 10 Mar 1998

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