Emblems and symbols of army service are sacred to those who have dedicated their lives to performing that service. The army specifically refers to soldiers whose service is conducted on land, rather than air or sea like the Air Force or Navy Reserves. The army, American, Canadian, British, or otherwise, is an invaluable force that each country relies heavily upon to protect their individual rights and freedoms from tyranny. Many members of the army receive tattoos to commemorate this service or comrades who have been lost and passed on.
Depending on the country, the national flag is most often included in the design to convey one’s pride in that nation. It often takes the place of the background with additional symbols in the center or overlapping the flag image. Various branches of the army such as artillery, infantry, and various brigades are often specified within the design, generally simply by adding “Infantry”, etc.
In Canada, the Emblem of Canadian Forces crest is sometimes included, as a representation of the Commonwealth. More generally, maple leaves are added to images of weaponry, dog tags, or dates of service. In the United States, bald eagles and stars and stripes personify the American and are often accompanied by the rifles or other weaponry, the initials of their platoon or squadron, or other insignia. The U.S. Army icon is also frequently used, featuring a black square with a white star as well as a banner that reads “U.S. Army”, traced in gold. The British Army unofficially uses the emblem of a crowned golden lion standing on top of a crown backed by two crossing sabers on a red field. More generally, the Union Jack is used.
The phrase “Death Before Dishonor” is often seen as part of army tattoos, conveying an extreme dedication to their country and service. Camouflage is also common to army designs, regardless of nationality along with “Army” to very simply illustrate army service in a more general way.