The Driver and Mechanic Badge was approved July 28, 1942 to recognize skills in operation and maintenance of motorized vehicles. Bars are added to the basic badge to show the designated qualification: Driver-W - wheeled Driver-T - track Driver-M - Motorcycle Mechanic - Automotive In a silver oxide (pewter type) finish.
Description: An oxidized silver cross pattern with a disk wheel and tire placed in the center. At the bottom of the cross are two rings for attaching qualification bars.
Symbolism: The cross stands for achievement in operations and the wheel symbolizes skill area.
Award Eligibility: The Driver and Mechanics Badge is awarded to soldiers who successfully complete the prescribed requirements:
Driver: have a US Government motor operators card, and 12 months or 8000 miles of accident free driving.
Mechanic: must pass standard mechanics course and demonstrated mechanical skills to justify such a rating.
Operator: a soldier whose primary duty is to operate Army material handling equipment or mechanical equipment for 12 months or 500 hours.
Date Approved: This badge was authorized during World War II.
Subdued Badge: No subdued badge is authorized.
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