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Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge


A silver colored metal badge, 1 31/32 inches (5.00 cm) in width, consisting of a dagger and arched tab superimposed over wings and a deployed 7-cell ram-air square parachute. The addition of a star and wreath are used on the jumpmaster badge.


The dagger, a Fairbairn-Sykes knife used by the Rangers and Office of Strategic Services in World War II, symbolizes infiltration techniques used by Special Operations Forces. The arched tab symbolizes the tabs worn by Special Operations units. The wing suggests flight and airborne capabilities. The parachute is a depiction of an MT1-X, the first square parachute to be adopted by all military services as the standard military free fall canopy.

Award Eligibility

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

Date Approved

The Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge designed by Mr. James Phillips of the Special Forces Association was approved by General Dennis J. Reimer, former Chief of Staff of the Army on 7 July 1997.

Subdued Badge

Subdued badges are authorized in a flat black metal finish.

Miniature Badges

A miniature badge, 1 inch (2.54 cm) in width is authorized.

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