The shape of our triangular hat badge and shoulder patch
was derived from the three points of our motto "Duty, Honor,
Fidelity", revised from the West Point motto of "Duty, Honor,
Country." On our badge, this motto is depicted not only by
its shape, but also by the star in each corner of the insignia.
The hat badge was designed by Newark businessman and jewelry
designer, Julius George Schwarzkopf, the father of our founder
and first Superintendent.
The current tradition of issuing badge numbers upon graduation
from the Academy started with Class #2. The 116 members of
the first class listed on "Roll Call" is actually a roster
of those who reported to Camp Edwards for training. Although
35 of those men did not graduate, all were issued a badge
number(referred to back then as a troop number) and sworn
in as Troopers on the first day of camp. During the course
of training as each of the 35 left the camp, a personnel order
was issued to announce their resignation.
By December 5, 1921 when the Class graduated, 76 members
remained. There were actually 81 men who made up Class #1,
however the Colonel and his staff were not required to participate
in training. They were traveling the State setting up housing
and operations. Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf #1(Superintendent),
Lt. Othel Baxter #2 (Camp Commandant), Lt. Charles H. Bell
#3 (Troop "B" Commander), Lt. Mark O. Kimberling #4 (Adjutant),
Lt. John C. Weinmann #5 (Troop "A" Commander).
A side note about the six numbers throughout history that
were not issued. In 1921, Senate Bill #74 creating the Constabulary
called for a class of 120 Troopers. Four recruits did not
show up, so the class was immediately trimmed to 116. Those
numbers 117, 118, 119, 120 were listed on the roster as not
issued. The most widely known number is the year of our inception,
1921, forever to appear only on our logo.
The final occasion occurred in 1985 when the recruits of
the 102nd Class were sent home on a night pass to return with
their parents for Family Orientation Day. One recruit failed
to return amidst circumstances that called for immediate dismissal.
So close to graduation, administratively the new class was
in place. Rather than disrupt the completed paperwork, #4043
was listed on our roster as not issued.