Expert Soldier Badge

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Expert Soldier Badge
Expert Soldier Badge
Proposed design of the Expert Soldier Badge
Awarded by United States Army
Type Badge
Eligibility Soldiers in the United States Army, other than those in Infantry, Special Forces, or Combat Medic occupations.
Status Proposed
Related The Army Expert Infantry Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge

The Expert Soldier Badge, or ESB, is a proposed special skills badge of the United States Army. It was previously known as the Expert Action Badge, or EAB, before being renamed.[1] Similar in appearance to the Combat Action Badge, the EAB would be awarded to soldiers who are neither infantry, nor combat medics.[2] If the badge is approved, it could enter service by October 2019, as a way for soldiers in other MOSs to certify competencies within their specific occupation, as well as general combat readiness.[3][4]


The concept of the Expert Soldier Badge (initially referred to as the Expert Action Badge) was initially proposed in 2015 as part of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command's NCO 2020 Strategy, as one way to improve combat readiness in the Army.[5] The ESB was first openly discussed on March 30, 2017, at an NCO Development Town Hall hosted by CSM David Davenport.[6] Discussion mainly focused on the intent of the badge, as well as the possible criteria for award. The feasibility of the ESB was tested at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in April of the same year, with 53 soldiers taking part in the event. The results of the test at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as future testing, will be used to determine if the criteria for the badge appropriately conveys the badge's intent.[7] The NCO 2020 Strategy, including the ESB, was further discussed in 2018 at a conference held at Fort Knox.[8]


The current proposed criteria for award of the ESB is that a soldier must perform in 30 "warrior tasks" and battle drills, and five mental tasks, chosen by a commander, from their unit's list of mission-essential tasks,[9] in addition to completion of a 12-mile foot march, a land navigation test and the Army Physical Fitness Test.[7][6] Testing will be conducted at the brigade-level, with units being given a week to set up the test course, a few days of training, and then a few days of testing.[10]

Combat Action Badge


The current proposed design for the ESB is similar to that of the Combat Action Badge (CAB). It would feature the same M9 bayonet and M67 fragmentation grenade, superimposed on a rectangular base, as found on the CAB. The ESB will not, however, feature a wreath.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Myers, Meghann (February 9, 2018). "Army putting finishing touches on new, revamped Expert Soldier Badge". Military Times. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Myers, Meghann (April 2, 2017). "Inside the Army's plan for the new Expert Action Badge". Military Times. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Panzino, Charlsy (March 24, 2017). "The Army is developing a new Expert Action Badge for soldiers who aren't grunts". Military Times. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Anderson, David (July 31, 2017). "Rolling out the expert action badge Army non-infantry soldier award". Wadena Pioneer Journal. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "NCO 2020 Strategy" (PDF). United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. December 4, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Gragg, Michael (April 24, 2017). "CSM'S BLOG: THE CONCEPT OF THE EXPERT ACTION BADGE". United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Kimmons, Sean (April 3, 2017). "Proposed Expert Action Badge to honor, motivate Soldiers". United States Army. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Pilgrim, Eric (April 24, 2018). "NCO ACADEMY COMMANDANTS CONVERGE ON FORT KNOX FOR TRAINING CONFERENCE". United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Koester, Jonathan (May 15, 2017). "POSSIBLE NEW EXPERT ACTION BADGE DRAWS INTEREST DURING TRADOC TOWN HALL". United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Cox, Matthew (March 24, 2017). "Army to Require Soldiers to Test for Expert Action Badge". Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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