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Badges of the United States Army

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Example of badges and tabs worn on the U.S. Army Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform
Example of badges and tabs worn on the U.S. Army Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform

Badges of the United States Army are military decorations issued by the United States Department of the Army to soldiers who achieve a variety of qualifications and accomplishments while serving on active and reserve duty in the United States Army.

As described in Army Regulations 670-1 Uniforms and Insignia, badges are categorized into marksmanship, combat and special skill, identification, and foreign.[1] Combat and Special Skill badges are further divided into five groups.[2]

A total of six combat and special skill badges are authorized for wear at one time on service and dress uniforms; this total does not include special skill tabs or special skill tab metal replicas.

Personnel may wear up to three badges above the ribbons or pocket flap, or in a similar location for uniforms without pockets. Personnel may only wear one combat or special skill badges from either group 1 or group 2 above the ribbons. Soldiers may wear up to three badges from groups 3 and 4 above the ribbons. One badge from either group 1 or group 2 may be worn with badges from groups 3 and 4 above the ribbons so long as the total number of badges above the ribbons does not exceed three.

Only three badges (from groups 3, 4, or 5), to include marksmanship badges, can be worn on the pocket flap at one time. This total does not include special skill tab metal replicas. Personnel will wear the driver and mechanic badges only on the wearer’s left pocket flap of service and dress uniforms, or in a similar location on uniforms without pockets. Personnel may not attach more than three clasps to the driver and mechanic badges. The driver and mechanic badges are not authorized for wear on utility uniforms.

The order of precedence for combat and special skill badges are established only by group. There is no precedence for combat or special skill badges within the same group. For example, personnel who are authorized to wear the Parachutist and Air Assault badges may determine the order of wear between those two badges.[3]

The 21st century United States Army issues the following military badges (listed below in order of group precedence) which are worn in conjunction with badges of rank and branch insignia.

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Combat and Special Skill Badges and Tabs

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Marksmanship Badges

Identification Badges

Other Accoutrements

National Guard Badges

See also


  1. ^ "AR670-1, Chapter 29, Section 15" (PDF). United States Army. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  2. ^ "AR670-1, Chapter 29, Section 17, Paragraph a" (PDF). United States Army. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  3. ^ "DA PAM 670–1 • 1 July 2015" (PDF).
  4. ^ JOTC graduates first jungle expert class since 1999, Hawaii Army Weekly, dated 4 April 2014, last accessed 1 May 2014
  5. ^ Soldiers earn tab and wear BDUs in tough new jungle course, ArmyTimes, dated 5 May 2014, last accessed 9 May 2014
  6. ^ Are you Arctic Tough?,, dated 26 November 2014, last accessed 7 May 2016
  7. ^ Training for the Colld; NCO Journal, volume 21, number 3, dated March 2012; page 26 (pdf page 8); last accessed 7 May 2016
  8. ^ Vermont National Guard Permanent Order 121-01
  9. ^ National Guard Regulation 672-3 and Air National Guard Regulation 900-1, National Guard Chief's 50 Marksmanship Badge, dated 1 February 1978, last accessed 26 March 2014
  10. ^ Earning the Governor’s Twenty Tab, By CPT Andrew J. Czaplicki, dated 7 August 2014, last accessed 10 January 2015
  11. ^ a b Tabs and Badges a Measure of Missouri Guardmembers' Marksmanship Archived March 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Missouri National Guard Public Affairs, by Ann Keyes, last accessed 1 March 2015
  12. ^ Top Iowa marksmen train fellow Red Bulls, Afghans at Torkham Gate, Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System, by Staff Sgt Ryan Matson, dated 11 March 2011, last accessed 28 February 2015
  13. ^ Tabs and Badges a Measure of Marksmanship, Missouri National Guard, dated 14 December 2010, last accessed 18 May 2014

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