The soldiers of the United States Army take pride in the uniform they wear. That uniform includes the Army badges and patches earned for service. The patch is a sleeve insignia worn on the left shoulder and designates the soldier’s rank. All soldiers are required to wear their unit patch as well. There are also patches worn on the right shoulder that signify those that have served in wartime service, and are known as “combat patches.” However, the wear of the combat patch has been abused since OIF/OEF. If you are deployed and serving special duties you may be required to not wear a combat patch for security reasons.
There is a large variety of qualifications or accomplishments to wear a badge. Badges are categorized into marksmanship, combat, and special skill. Soldiers are authorized to wear up to six badges from those categories, in order of precedence. Wear them on all uniforms except while deployed in combat areas. You’re normally not allowed to wear any badges while serving in a combat zone overseas.
A Variety of Army Badges
The combat infantryman badge (CIB), worn only by infantry or special forces soldiers whose actual job duties are 11b or 18 series. You must be performing duties as or in a ranger, infantry or special forces group to wear the CIB, and been in direct fire with the enemy. The Combat Action Badge is worn by soldiers who were engaged in ground combat, but are not eligible to wear the CIB. The Combat Medical badge this is worn by army medical personnel that were personally engaged in ground combat while performing their medical duties.
The Army Aviator Badge is worn by designated pilot and flight personnel. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) badge is worn by designated soldiers who have completed their training and requirements. The Airborne or Parachutist Badge is worn by airborne personnel that have completed all certifications successfully. The Air Assault Badge is worn by designated personnel after completion of schooling. There are also additional badges authorized for designated personnel.
There are also tabs worn by military personnel, which are worn on all uniforms by personnel who have completed the requirements. The Ranger tab is worn by soldiers who have successfully completed Ranger school. The Special Forces Tab is worn by after completing Special Forces Training, and the Sapper tab is worn by soldiers who have completed Army Sapper School.
Sense of Pride
The soldiers in the Army take pride in wearing the uniform. They also take pride in wearing their patches, and the badges they spent hours of difficult training or combat to earn. If you did not earn it then do not wear it!