Office of the Inspector General
On 26 February 1890, the Inspector General's insignia was approved by the Secretary of War. The U.S. Army Inspector General Symbol is comprised of three parts. Each part has a specific and unique symbolic meaning. The IG symbol's parts are layered in order of precedence.
The first symbol, the Sword, represents military power and justice.
The second symbol, the Fasces, represents civil authority.
The third symbol, the Wreath, represents academic and intellectual achievement.
Emblazoned on the Wreath is the IG motto "Droit Et Avant" which is French for "First be Correct -Then Take Action" or more commonly "Be Right - Then Forward."