Badges of the United States Army

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Combat and Special Skill Badges/Tabs worn on Army Combat 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]

Soldiers are authorized to wear a total of 6 badges from the marksmanship and combat and special skill categories; no more than three can come from the marksmanship category, only one badge from Groups 1 or 2, three from Groups 3 or 4, and two from Group 5.[3] And only two identification badges are authorized over each pocket.

These badges are worn in order of precedence (Group 1 the highest). Marksmanship badges are worn after any special skill badge. Badges within the same group may be worn in any order.[4]

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.

Combat and Special Skill Badges and Tabs

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Marksmanship Badges

Identification Badges

Other Accoutrements

Army 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. ^ "AR670-1, Chapter 29, Section 17, Paragraph b" (PDF). United States Army. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  4. ^ "AR670-1, Chapter 29, Section 17, Paragraph b, Part 2" (PDF). United States Army. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  5. ^ SMDC-OPZ-FB, Army Space Personnel Development Office (ASPDO) Procedural Guide #1 - Procedures for Awarding the Space Badge to Army Space Cadre Personnel; dated 15 February 2011
  6. ^ JOTC graduates first jungle expert class since 1999, Hawaii Army Weekly, dated 4 April 2014, last accessed 1 May 2014
  7. ^ Soldiers earn tab and wear BDUs in tough new jungle course, ArmyTimes, dated 5 May 2014, last accessed 9 May 2014
  8. ^ Are you Arctic Tough?,, dated 26 November 2014, last accessed 7 May 2016
  9. ^ Training for the Colld; NCO Journal, volume 21, number 3, dated March 2012; page 26 (pdf page 8); last accessed 7 May 2016
  10. ^ Vermont National Guard Permanent Order 121-01
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Earning the Governor’s Twenty Tab, By CPT Andrew J. Czaplicki, dated 7 August 2014, last accessed 10 January 2015
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ Tabs and Badges a Measure of Marksmanship, Missouri National Guard, dated 14 December 2010, last accessed 18 May 2014

External links

  • Army Regulation 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia (PDF file)
  • Army Regulation 600-8-22: Military Awards (PDF file)
  • Army Service Uniform - Ribbons Poster (PDF file)

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