German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency
|Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst|
German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency
|Awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany|
|Country||Federal Republic of Germany|
|Type||Military Badge & Ribbon|
|Eligibility||Soldiers of the German armed forces and Allied nations|
|Awarded for||Military Proficiency|
|Description||Comes in three classes: Gold, Silver and Bronze|
|Established||October 29, 1980|
Military Proficiency ribbon with German eagle attachment
The decoration is awarded to and worn by German soldiers of all ranks. Allied soldiers may also be awarded the badge, subject to their nations' uniform regulations. In the United States Army, the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is one of several hundred foreign awards approved for wear on the uniform.
To earn the award one must complete the following requirements:
1. Evaluation Report:
- Soldier evaluation report from Commanding Officer recognizing the Soldier's physical and moral standards. The purpose of the evaluation is to show evidence that the Soldier is both physically and morally fit.
2. First Aid Course:
- Combat Lifesaver Training (CLS) level 1 course or equivalent.
3. NBC Test:
- Soldier must demonstrate that they can properly don a protective mask and all NBC protective clothing.
4. Basic Fitness Test Three events completed within 90 minutes.
- a. 11x10-meter sprint test, in maximum time of 60 seconds
|35-42 sec.||43-48 sec.||49-60 sec|
- b. Flexed Arm Hang keeping chin above bar, minimum time of five seconds.
|65-86 sec.||45-64 sec.||05-44 sec|
- c. 1000 meter run/sprint, minimim time of six minutes and thirty seconds
|2:50-3:45 min.||3:46-4:40 min.||4:41-6:30 min.|
- The score for each event is detrmined using a grading point matrix. The scores are then averaged to determine what level badge you qualify for.
5. Pistol Marksmanship Event:
- 6 shots at 1 target placed at 25 meters; shooter fires from 3 firing positions with a 6 second per position time limit. (The first shot is done without cocking the hammer back.)
- 2 shots from prone (supported or unsupported)
- 2 shots from kneeling position (unsupported)
- 2 shots from standing (unsupported)
- All six rounds inside of silhouette target achieves gold ranking.
- Five rounds inside of silhouette target achieves silver ranking.
- Four rounds inside silhouette target achieves bronze ranking.
- Minimum of one hit from each firing position.
6. Foot March
- Foot March with 15kg (33lb) rucksack; for Bronze 6 km in 60 min; Silver 9 km in 90 min; Gold 12 km in 120 min; no differences between gender and age.
7. 100 meter swim in Military Uniform
- Swim is conducted in Military Uniform while wearing PT uniform (shorts and T-Shirt) underneath. There is a four minute time limit for the swim. After swim is completed time stops, however you must also successfully remove your outer uniform without touching the side of the pool to pass.
The decoration has three grades
- Grade III = German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold (Das Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst in Gold).
- Grade II = German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Silver (Das Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst in Silber).
- Grade I = German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Bronze (Das Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst in Bronze).
The badge is round on its center and displays the German eagle surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. The badge can be in gold, silver or bronze. An "R" is placed at the bottom for those who have earned the badge while a Reservist. The ribbon is all black with a small clasp of the decoration attached to it. These ribbons are not permitted for wearing on the uniform by official dress code. A ribbon may only be worn on civil dress.
Wear by allied military forces
Correct wear on the US Army uniform
The badge can be worn on the US Army Class A and ASU jacket. It can be worn by both enlisted and officers. The regulations for wear can be found on AR-670-1, section 29-19 part B. It states the following:
Males wear a foreign badge ⅛ inch above the right pocket flap, or ½ inch above any unit awards that are worn. Females wear the badge ½ inch above the nameplate, or ½ inch above any unit awards that are worn. Personnel may not wear a foreign badge unless at least one U.S. medal or service ribbon is worn at the same time. Foreign badges are not authorized for wear on mess or utility uniforms. Personnel may not wear foreign badges that are awarded only as cloth badges. Personnel may not wear foreign badges that cannot be worn properly because of size or configuration.
- Awards and decorations of the German Armed Forces
- Dutch Military Proficiency Badge (Netherlands)
- Expert Infantryman Badge (United States)
- AR 600-8-22, Appendix D (Updated as of 20 March 2013)
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