Combat Medical Badge Information

I. DESCRIPTION

An oxidized silver badge 1 inch in height and 1 ½ inches in width, consisting of a stretcher crossed by a caduceus surmounted at top by a Greek cross, all on and over an elliptical oak wreath.  Stars are added to indicate subsequent awards; one star at top for the second award, one star at top and one at bottom for the third award, one star at top and one at each side for the fourth award.

II. SYMBOLISM

The Medical Corps insignia of branch, modified by the addition of a Greek cross suggesting the Geneva Convention between the wings and the entwined serpents, signifies the recipient’s skills and expertise.  It is superimposed upon a stretcher alluding to medical field service.  The oak symbolizes steadfastness, strength and loyalty.

III. AWARD ELIGIBILITY

The following medical personnel, assigned or attached by appropriate orders to an infantry unit of brigade, regimental, or smaller size, or to a medical unit of company or smaller size, organic to an infantry unit of brigade or smaller size, during any period the infantry unit is engaged in actual ground combat are eligible for award of the badge, provided they are personally present and under fire during such ground combat:

  1. Subsequent to 6 December 1941 – Army Medical Department (Colonels and below), the Navy Medical Department (Captains and below), the Air Force Medical Service (Colonels and below), assigned or attached to the Army, who have satisfactorily performed medical duties.
  2. Subsequent to 19 December 1989 – Special Forces personnel possessing military occupational specialty 18D (Special Operations Medical Sergeant) who satisfactorily performed medical duties while assigned or attached to a Special Forces unit during any period the unit is engaged in actual ground combat, provided they are personally present and under fire.  Retroactive awards are not authorized.
  3. Subsequent to 16 January 1991 – Personnel outlined in (1) above, assigned or attached to Armor or ground Cavalry units of brigade or smaller size, who satisfactorily performed medical duties while the unit is engaged in actual ground combat, provided they are personally present and under fire.  Retroactive awards are not authorized.
  4. Subsequent to 11 September 2001 – Personnel outlined in (1) and (3) above, assigned or attached to or under operational control of any ground Combat Arms units (not to include members assigned or attached to Aviation units) of brigade or smaller size, who satisfactorily performed medical duties while the unit is engaged in actual ground combat provided they are personally present and under fire.  Retroactive awards are not authorized.

     Awards will not be made to general or flag officers.  Specific eligibility requirements by geographic area are listed in Army Regulation 600-8-22.  

IV. DATE APPROVED

The Combat Medical Badge was approved on 29 January 1945.  In February 1951, the proposal to designate the badge as a one-time award was rescinded and it was approved for subsequent award during specified periods.  The addition of stars to indicate subsequent awards was also approved.  Policy changes were approved on 12 May 2004, by the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1.

V. SUBDUED BADGES:

Subdued badges are authorized in metal and cloth.  The metal badge is black.  The cloth badge has an olive green base cloth with the stretcher, caduceus, cross, wreath and stars embroidered in black.

VI. MINIATURE BADGES

A dress miniature badge, 19/32 inch in height is authorized.