Like its Shoulder Sleeve Insignia or Combat Service ID Badge, the Unit Crest (Distinctive Unit Insignia, or DUI) of the 2nd Cavalry features an eight-pointed star that was famously worn by dragoons, pointing back to the unit’s original designation as the Second Regiment of Dragoons. Centered in the octagonal star is a palmetto leaf, a reference to the unit’s first actions in the Seminole Wars.

Superimposed on the palmetto leaf is a fleur-de-lis, recalling combat in France during both World Wars. A curved scroll at the bottom is emblazoned with the motto “Toujours Pret,” signifying the willingness to answer the call of duty. (The regiment has an unofficial motto of “Remember your Regiment and follow your officers,” spoken by Captain Charles May at the Battle of Resaca de la Palma in the Mexican-American War.)

You can learn about the history and lineage of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment by clicking the links below.

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Distinctive Unit Insignias are worn by all Soldiers (except General Officers) in units that have been authorized to be issued the device. It is worn centered on the shoulder loops of the Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU) and the blue Army Service Uniform (ASU, Enlisted only) with the base of the insignia toward the outside shoulder seam. DUIs are not worn on the Dress variations of either uniform, however.

More guidance on wear of the DUI is found in DA Pamphlet 670-1, Section 21-22, "Distinctive unit insignia" and 21–3(d) and (e), "Beret" and "Garrison Cap," respectively.

Related Items
2nd Cavalry Regiment Patch (SSI)
2nd Cavalry Regiment Combat Service ID Badge (CSIB)

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