In the center of the patch there is the small emblem of the Main Directorate of the General Staff – the silver grenade of three flames on the background of the stylized image of a red carnation flower of five petals, and the diagonally crossed a sword and a mace.
The petals of the carnation have five teeth edged with silver piping.
The military heraldic symbols reflect the peculiarities of the functional purpose of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
The emblem’s elements:
The grenade of three flames – the historic emblem of the Grenadiers – is the symbol of the best-trained soldiers of the elite units of the Russian Army who are known for excellent combat skills, training and ability to perform complex combat and special tasks.
The grenade symbolizes the continuation of the glorious military traditions of the Russian Army.
The red carnation is a symbol of strength, devotion, inflexibility and determination in reaching goals – the most important characteristics of the units of the General Staff.
The sword is a traditional symbol of warfare, leadership and coordination of the fighting.
The mace is the symbol of power and military leadership.
The black heraldic shield is a symbol of prudence and constancy. Black is the traditional color of the uniform of the General Staff officers.