Qualification Badges
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Driver and Mechanic Badges


Description
A white metal (silver, nickel and rhodium), 1 inch (2.54 cm) in height and width, a cross patee with the representation of disk wheel with tire placed on the center.

Qualification Bars

Bars with the following inscriptions are currently authorized for display on the badges:

OPERATOR - S (for special mechanical equipment)

MECHANIC (for automotive or allied vehicles)

DRIVER - A (for amphibious vehicles)

DRIVER - M (for motorcycles)

DRIVER - T (for tracked vehicles)

DRIVER - W (for wheeled vehicles)


Background
The motor vehicle driver and mechanic award was originally authorized by War Department Circular 248 dated 28 July 1942. The badge is awarded to drivers, mechanics, and special equipment operators to denote the attainment of a high degree of skill in the operation and maintenance of motor vehicles. Specific requirements for award of the badge are contained in AR 600-8-22.





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