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U.S. Army Badges Information

WEAPONS QUALIFICATION


Expert


Sharpshooter


Marksman


Bar (Typical)


Description:

Expert: A white metal (silver, nickel and rhodium), 1.17 inches in height, a cross patee with the representation of a target placed on the center thereof and enclosed by a wreath.

Sharpshooter: A white metal (silver, nickel, and rhodium), 1 inch in height, a cross patee with the representation of a target placed on the center thereof.

Marksman: A white metal (silver, nickel, and rhodium), 1 inch in height, a cross patee.

Qualification Bars: Bars with the following inscriptions are currently authorized for display on the badges:

Rifle

Machinegun

Submachine Gun

Rocket Launcher

Small Bore Pistol

Pistol

Field Artillery

Grenade

Mortar

Missile

AA Artillery

Tank Weapons

Carbine

Bayonet

Aeroweapons

Auto Rifle

Flamethrower

Recoilless Rifle

Small Bore Rifle

Inscription formerly authorized on qualification bars:

1921

Rifle - A

Automatic Rifle

C.A. Gunner

1922

Added Sword

 

Rifle - B

Pistol

Inf Howitzer

 

Pistol - M

 

Rifle - C

Machine Gun

F.A. Gunner

 

Pistol - D

 

Rifle - D

Mine Gunner

 

 

Delete Pistol

1924

Consolidated all rifles to Rifle, added Machine Rifle, Tank Weapons, C.W.S. Weapons, Bayonet

1926

Added Aerial Gunner, Aerial Bomber

1928

Added Grenade

1941

Deleted Sword, added Small Bore Rifle, Small Bore Pistol, Submachine Gun, Small Bore MG.

1944

Added Carbine, Antitank, 81mm Mortar, 60 mm Mortar, TD 75mm, TD 57mm, TD 3 inch

1948

Added Recoilless Rifle, Mortar. Deleted Pistol D, Pistol M, Mines, C.W.S. Weapons, Aerial Gunner, Aerial bomber, Small Bore MG, Antitank, 81mm Mortar, 60mm Mortar, TD (all types)

1951

Added Submarine Mines

1972

Added Aeroweapons

Prior to 1951 regulation, the titles of the badges were Marksman and 2d Class Gunner; Sharpshooter and First Class Gunner and Expert.


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