The bar is blue, the color associated with the Infantry branch. The musket is adapted from the Infantry insignia of branch and represents the first official U.S. shoulder arm, 1795 model Springfield Arsenal musket. It was adopted as the official Infantry branch insignia in 1924.
See Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.
The Expert Infantryman Badge was approved by the Secretary of War on 7 October 1943, and announced in War Department Circular 269 dated 27 October 1943.
A subdued badge is authorized in a flat black metal finish.
A miniature badge, 3/8 inch (.95 cm) in height and 1 3/4 inches (4.45 cm) in width, is authorized in lieu of the regular size badge. A dress miniature badge, 3/16 inch (.48 cm) in height and 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width, is also authorized.
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