This badge is worn by CFCMU (Canadian Forces Crypto Maintenance Unit) and defines the organization that maintains all crypto equipment in Canada.  They are located behind the Forde Building (HQ for the School of Communications and Electronics) at CFB Kingston, Ontario. (Photo via E-bay)

This 1944 U.S.N.  Rate Patch Q Crypto (Intelligence)  badge is from "Collectors Guide/Price List to US Navy Rating Badges" 1992 by H.J. Saunders  It was used for the Cryptologist, Cryptanalyst, and related fields.  (Photo and copy courtesy of <badgesareus> , Texas).

Now... for the obvious question - why would the crypto branch want to have this particular trade advertised, especially during wartime?


DESCRIPTION: On a disc per bend wavy, checky of six (6) black and white, and Air Force blue, an Air Force golden yellow sine wave between a key bendwise surmounted by a torch, palewise, Air Force golden yellow, the torch flamed red and an atomic symbol of three white orbits, fimbriated red, encircling a red nucleus; issuing from the atomic symbol four (4) Air Force golden yellow lightning flashes, two to dexter (right) chief, two to sinister (left) base; all within a narrow border, Air Force
golden yellow; outlines and details golden brown.

SIGNIFICANCE: The emblem is symbolic of the squadron and its mission. Against a background of black and white checkerboard blocks to indicate night and day training, a key represents security, and a torch represents knowledge.  Against a background of deep blue, an atomic symbol indicates electronic theory, and lightning bolts signify communication.  The six checkerboard blocks represent the six functions of the unit, administration, operator training, ciphony training, encrypted teletype training, data fax training, and fundamental and basis training.  The emblem bears the Air Force colors, ultramarine blue and golden yellow, and the national colors, red, white, and blue.

HISTORY: The 3276 Student Squadron was organized 21 Aug 57 at Lackland AFB, Texas.  It was redesignated the 3276 School Squadron.  Submitted by: Doug Eyre

3276 jacket patch. Submitted by Cpl. Bernstein

Russian Army Telecommunication Protection Forces (Coders, Cryptography) Patch. Circa 2000. (Photo courtesy E-bay)

An award badge commemorating service in the KGB cypher/codes directorate. (Photo via E-bay)


In 2014, on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, GCHQ was delighted to recognize the vital service of those who worked at Bletchley Park and its outstations during World War II,  by presenting surviving veterans with a commemorative badge.  Surviving veterans  are those who:

* Were employed by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park or its outstations.
Served in the Armed Forces at Bletchley Park or its outstations.
Served in the "Y" Services of the Armed Forces collecting material which was sent to Bletchley Park.
Served in SLUs or SCUs.
Served in the Radio Security Service.
Worked for the GPO in the COLOSSUS team at Dollis Hill.

Those who served at Bletchley and are sadly no longer alive cannot be awarded a medal. Instead, their names are listed in a register held and maintained by the Bletchley Park Trust.

Front and back of the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge 

Andy Csordas writes. "Our outfit directly supported the ARVN's at Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside Saigon.  Some of us were awarded the South Vietnam Signal Corp Medal/Award.  I was honored to receive one, here is a picture of it on my dress greens".  (Photo by Andy Csordas <acsordasvvet(at)>

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