The sleeve patch is a triangular green shield with the cut-out top corners and the double silver and gold edging.
In the center of the sleeve patch there is the sign of the Irkutsk Cossack Host, approved in 1912.
The emblem is a silver wreath of a laurel and an oak branches, crowned with the double-headed eagle under the gold Imperial Crown.
On the eagle’s chest there is a shield with the emblem of the city of Moscow.
Within the wreath there is an oval shield divided into two parts: the top is blue with three brown wooden towers, and the lower is golden.
The shield is superimposed on the golden curling ribbon bowed at the top, under the eagle. On the bow there is the silver date of the formation of the Host – 1607.
The coat of arms of the Irkutsk province is imposed on the place of the wreath branches crossing.
The coat of arms is a silver shield with the image of a black beaver holding a red sable in the mouth.
The shield is crowned with a gold Imperial Crown and surrounded by golden oak leaves tied with a gold ribbon of St. Andrew.
The inscription at the bottom of the sleeve patch reads: “IRKUTSK COSSACK HOST”.
The Cossacks were people who guarded the borders of Russia when there was no regular army.
After the regular army was formed by Tsar Peter I, the Cossacks became an official combat unit, which helped to magnify the strength of Russian weapons.
The Cossacks are an integral part of the Russian people. The Cossack movement was a form of mass protest against feudal oppression. This free society was based on equality and liberty of the members.
The Cossacks carried military service to protect the borders from foreigners and had become an important part of the Russian army.
The Cossacks received eternal gratitude for being loyal and courageous defenders of Russia.