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Army Announces Combat Action Badge

In keeping with the spirit of the Warrior Ethos and based on input from leaders and Soldiers in the field to justly recognize the actions of deserving Soldiers in combat, the Army announced today the eligibility criteria for a new combat award with the introduction of the Combat Action Badge (CAB).

The CAB may be awarded to any Soldier, branch and military occupational specialty immaterial, performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized, who is personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement.

Although a Close Combat Badge (CCB) was considered as an option, Army leadership decided the CAB best meets the intent of field commanders to fully recognize Soldier actions in combat.

Commanders at the rank of Major General will have award authority. The CAB is distinct from other combat badges. The Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB) and Combat Medical Badge (CMB) will remain unchanged.

The Army will release an administrative message outlining exact rules and regulations for the CAB in the near future. The CAB will go into immediate production and should be available this summer through unit supply and for purchase in military clothing sales stores.

For more information, contact Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, Army Public Affairs, at (703) 697-5343, elizabeth.robbins@hqda.army.mil or Lt. Col. Pamela Hart, at (703) 693-5662, pamela.hart@hqda.army.mil.

Source: U.S. Army Badges, The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH) Homepage, http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/badges/UnitedStatesArmyBadges.htm.

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