Not Your Normal Shooting Badges

In 1887, the U.S. Secretary of War started the Distinguished Marksman Badge program to award service members in rifle, revolver and carbine. Since then, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the government have come up with tons of badges like the NRA Distinguished Smallbore Rifleman Badge Prone, Law Enforcement Semi-Automatic Pistol, Rifle Team Match, Interservice […]

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Rifle Qualification Bar

The Rifle Qualification Bar is an attachment for Marksman, Sharpshooter or Expert Qualification Badge.   Weapons qualification bars: Originally of sterling silver these bars of white metal have rings at the top for attaching to the Expert, Sharpshooter and Marksmanship qualification badge or to the last previously earned bar. Qualification Bars: Bars with the following inscriptions are […]

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Army Expert Infantry Badge

The main difference between the CIB and this award 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. Due to the rigid testing procedures, many holders of the Army Expert Infantry Badge value it more […]

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Officer and Chief Warrant Officer Cap Insignia

Officer Cap Insignia Officer and Chief Warrant Officer Cap Insignia – Two gold colored crossed fouled anchors with burnished silver colored shield surmounted by a burnished silver spread eagle facing to wearer’s right (in 1941 the eagle was changed to face to the right; to the wearer’s sword arm). It may be embroidered or made […]

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Background and History – USMC Awards

The Continental Marines were established by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775. The resolution called for the recruitment of two battalions. The uniform of the Continental Marines was a green cutaway coat with either white or scarlet facings and waistcoat, light-colored breeches, wool stockings with black gaiters, a round black hat […]

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