COMBAT BADGES OF THE 173d AIRBORNE

"Combat badges are the most prestige badges a soldier can have... it is a mark of experience, skill and courage"

 

COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE

The Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) was established 27 October 1943 and was originally to be called the "Fighter Badge" and was designed to enhance morale and prestige of the "Queen of Battle". There was a separate provision for badge holders to receive a $10 a month pay stipend, which was recineded in 1948.  A recipent must be personally present and under hostile fire while serving in an assigned infantry squad or special forces primary duty, in a unit actively engaged in ground combat with the enemy. Personnel possessing an infantry MOS in a rifle squad of a cavalry troop would be eligable  for award of the CIB. The infantry or special forces SSI or MOS does not necessarily have to be the soldier's primary speciality...as long as the soldier was engaged in active ground combat as described above.  (AR-600-8-22, ch 8-6, dated 28 Feb 1995)

COMBAT ACTION BADGE

The Combat Action Badge (CAB) provides special recognition to Soldiers who personally engage the enemy, or are engaged by the enemy during combat operations.  The bayonet and grenade are associated with active combat.  The oak wreath symbolizes strength and loyalty. The requirements for award of the CAB are Branch and MOS immaterial.  Assignment to a Combat Arms unit or a unit organized to conduct close or offensive combat operations, or performing offensive combat operations is not required to qualify for the CAB. 

COMBAT MEDIC BADGE

The Combat Medic Badge (CMB) was established 1 March 1945 and was originally to be called the "Medical Badge". The CMB was created as a companion badge to the CIB with criteria to parallel to that of the CIB. It was designed to provide recongition to the field medic who accompanies the infantryman into battle and shares his experiences. The sole criteria which qualifies medical personnel for the award of the CMB is to be assigned or attached to an infantry unit engaged in active ground combat. Medical personnel not assined to infantry units may qualify if the serve as medical personnel accompanying infantrymen. (AR-600-8-22, ch 8-7, dated 28 Feb 1995)

COMBAT JUMP BADGE

(Parachutist Badge with Bronze Service Star)

The Parachutist Badge is awarded to an individual that completes the prescribed proficiency tests while assigned to the Airborne Department of the Infantry School (Jump School), or have participated in at least one combat parachute jump. A Bronze Service Star denotes a soldier's participation in a combat parachute jump. The soldier must physically exit the aircraft to receive combat parachute jump credit and the Parachutist badge with bronze service star. (AR-600-8-22, ch 8-10g, ch 11, , dated 28 Feb 1995)

INFANTRY COMBAT BADGE

(Australian ICB)

Awarded to Infantry that have been under fire serving with ground combat units.  The award does not ( sadly ) include those other Corps that would be normally expected to serve along side Australian Infantry, such as APC's or Engineers or Medics.

 

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