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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badges


Description

A silver badge, 1 3/4 inches (4.45 cm) in width, consisting of shield charged with a conventional, drop bomb, point down, from which radiates four lightning flashes, all in front of and contained within a wreath of laurel leaves. The Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is the same as the basic badge except the drop bomb bears a 7/32 inch (.56 cm) silver star. The Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is the same as the Senior except a star, surrounded by a laurel wreath, is added above the shield.


Symbolism

The shield charged with a drop bomb is from the shoulder sleeve insignia approved for the Bomb Disposal School in 1942. The device was subsequently adopted for wear on a brassard to identify bomb disposal personnel. The bomb, with point down, indicates a live bomb and with the shield reflects the functions of ordnance personnel to safely dispose of live ordnance.


Award Eligibility

The specific criteria for award of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badges are included in Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.


Date Approved

The Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, approved the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Supervisor Badges on 31 July 1957. In June 1969, the Master EOD Badge was authorized. At the same time, the designation of the supervisorís badge was changed to Senior EOD Badge and the EOD Specialist Badge was changed to EOD Badge.


Subdued Badge

Subdued badges are authorized in flat black metal finishes.


Miniature Badge

Dress miniature badges, 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) in width, are authorized.






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