On the eagle’s chest there is a shield with the inscription: “Spetsnaz”.
The reverse side of the pin badge has a screw for fastening it to the military uniform.
The eagle, the traditional symbol of the “winged infantry”, demonstrates strength, pride and nobility.
The parachute is a means of the troops’ delivery to the battlefield, the symbol of the readiness to fight both in the air and on the ground.
The white colour of the parachute symbolises purity of thoughts and faith in the just cause.
The blue colour of the background is the traditional colour of the Russian paratroopers’ beret, and symbolises the peaceful sky.
In the army folklore Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantnye Voyska – VDV) are called “the Troops of Uncle Vasya” in honour of their founder – General Vassily Margelov. The abbreviation of “VDV” has other popular jokily meanings: “Two hundred variants are possible”, “Your girls are widows”, “I will hardly come back home”, etc.