Expert Infantry Badge - Miniature
Miniature EXPERT INFANTRY BADGE in silver oxide (pewter type) finish.
It is the non-combat equivalent to the Combat Infantryman Badge. The main difference between the two decorations is that the Combat Infantryman Badge is awarded for participation in infantry ground combat, while the Expert Infantryman Badge is presented for completion of an approved Army training course.
The badge was first created in October 1943. Due to the rigid testing procedures, many holders of the EIB value it more than the CIB.
Personnel who have been awarded both the Expert Infantryman Badge and the CIB are not authorized to wear both decorations simultaneously. In such cases, the individual soldier may decide which to wear on the Army uniform.