On the chest of the eagle there is a red triangular elongated shield with a stem rising to the crown. In the field of the shield is a horseman slaying a dragon.
The cockade is made of anodized aluminum with a goldish coating. Method of painting is cold enamel. The cockade is fastened with a clamper (or “the barbs”).
The double-headed eagle is a traditional heraldic symbol of the Russian State.
The unsheathed sword is a traditional symbol of warfare, guidance and coordination of fighting.
The horseman spearing a dragon is a symbolic image of the victory of the good over the evil.
In January 1998, some changes were made in the military uniform. Instead of the State Emblem (the double-headed eagle) the crown of the officer’s cap started to be decorated with the newly established goldish metal emblem of the Armed Forces – a double-headed eagle with a drawn sword and laurel wreath in its clutches.
The same emblem, but a smaller one, was introduced for wearing on the left side of the field caps and berets instead of the previously used stylized tricolor national flag.
Wearing of an embroidered golden state emblem (the double-headed eagle) was left only for the Marshals of the Russian Federation.