U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, run to their firing position during exercise Eagle Sokol 19, at Pocek Training Area, Slovenia, March 26, 2019. (HENRY VILLARAMA/U.S. ARMY)
U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, run to their firing position during exercise Eagle Sokol 19, at Pocek Training Area, Slovenia, March 26, 2019. (HENRY VILLARAMA/U.S. ARMY)

Army announces Expert badge for soldiers outside infantry, medic, Special Forces fields

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Soldiers outside the infantry, combat medic and Special Forces fields will soon have the opportunity to earn a badge acknowledging their experience at critical skills, the Army announced Friday on the service’s 244th birthday.

The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command recent approved the long-anticipated Expert Soldier’s Badge, which will be awarded to top performing soldiers who pass a test demonstrating their prowess in physical fitness, marksmanship, land navigation and warfighting, the command said in a statement. The badge will be the equivalent of the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Expert Field Medal Badge, and it is expected to be introduced in early fiscal year 2020, according tothe command.

“Like the EIB and EFMB, the ESB test will be a superb venue for individual training in units, and the badge will recognize a soldier’s mastery,” TRADOC chief Gen. Stephen Townsend said in the statement. “And it will be just as tough to earn as the EIB and EFMB because the soldier will have to demonstrate fitness, weapons proficiency, navigation and warrior task skill at the expert level.”

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