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Wednesday June 29, 2005

The Combat Action Badge was established on June 3, 2005. In keeping with the spirit of the Warrior Ethos, the Combat Action Badge provides special recognition to Soldiers who personally engage the enemy, or are engaged by the enemy during combat operations.

The badge is two inches in width and consists of an oak wreath supporting a bayonet and a grenade. The bayonet and grenade are associated with active combat. The oak wreath symbolizes strength and loyalty. Stars are added at the top to indicate subsequent awards.

The Combat Action Badge (CAB) may be awarded by any commander delegated authority by the Secretary of the Army during wartime or the CG, U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

Specific branch and MOS assignments are not a factor in the awarding of the CAB; nor is being assigned to a Combat Arms unit or a unit organized to conduct close or offensive combat operations, or performing offensive combat operations.

Specific Eligibility Requirements:

1. May be awarded to any soldier.

2. Soldier must be performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized.

3. Soldier must be personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement.

4. Soldier must not be assigned/attached to a unit that would qualify the soldier for the CIB/CMB.

Five Soldiers will be awarded with the first Combat Action Badges today at 10:30 a.m. at the Pentagon in front of the Warrior Ethos display. (More)

For more information on the Combat Action Badge, visit the Army Homepage Symbols and Insignia Web site. Also see the Soldiers Radio and Television spot on the CAB.


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Warfare is still a human endeavor. Our intent is to recognize Soldiers who demonstrate and live the Warrior Ethos.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the Army on the Combat Action Badge


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