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Combat Medical Badge


Description
An oxidized silver badge 1 inch (2.54 cm) in height and 1 1/2 inches (3.81 cm) 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.

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 recipientís skills and expertise. It is superimposed upon a stretcher alluding to medical field service. The oak symbolizes steadfastness, strength and loyalty.


Award Eligibility

See Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.


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 In February 1951, the proposal to designate the badge as a one-time award was rescinded and it was approved for subsequent award during specified periods.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. On 11 February 2005, the Chief of Staff, Army, approved changes to the CMB policy. Further changes were approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) on 24 June 2008.


Subdued Badge

Subdued badges are authorized in flat black metal finishes.


Subdued badges are authorized in flat black metal finishes.

Dress miniature badges are authorized in the following sizes:

First Award: 19/32 inch (1.51 cm) in height and 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) in width

Second Award: 13/16 inch (2.06 cm) in height and 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) in width

Third Award: 25/32 inch (1.98 cm) in height and 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) in width

Fourth Award: 13/16 inch (2.06 cm) in height and 1 inch (2.54 cm) in width






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