South Africa Defence Force
Far North Command Signal 1984 - 1994
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0019]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0020]
Breast or Pocket badge (right) is a size reduced shield of the same construction and design as the larger shoulder flash. It is secured by two stick pins to a leather or vinyl fob and is buttoned on to the breast pocket.
The Far North Command Signal Unit was formed 16 January 1984 and came about when the Far North Command and the Eastern Transvaal Command split off from the Northern Transvaal Command. The Unit became operational in 1985 having spent its first year establishing as a new Command. The areas of operations being Soutpansberg Military Area and Group 29 in Ellisras. 73 Brigade was incorporated in to the Far North Command Signal Unit 28th February 1993. The Unit was re-designated CMI Service Centre Pietersburg in April 1999 and came under 22 Signal Unit of 2 Signal Regiment.
The CMI Formation was changed over to the CMIS Division on 1st April 2003 and the re-designated CMIS Regional Service Centre (RSC) North. On 1st April 2008 all Army Signals migrated back to the SA Army Signal Formation and CMIS RSC’S were re-designated Signal Units. With effect from 1st April 2009 the Units designation became North Signal Unit.
The main functions of the Unit was to provide signals support to the Northern Transvaal Command.
These are an example pair of Far North Signal Unit flashes approved in May 1984. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
Note: Many formations have left and right handed badges and some have the colour sequence also handed.
The Far North Command Signal Unit insignia is a group of three Aloe flowers, on a shield of the Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue.
Pocket or Breast badge
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA XXXX]