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Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention

Metal Badge - Basic
Metal Badge - Senior
Metal Badge - Experrt
Cloth Badge - Basic
Cloth Badge - Senior
Cloth Badge - Expert

Description

Basic: A round silver metal device 2 5/16 inches (5.87 cm) in diameter having a designation band with the organization name “ARMY NATIONAL GUARD” arched above separated by triskelions at both ends, with the designation “RECRUITING RETENTION” all in green, arched below and separated by a raised circle between the words. Within the designation band is a green ring with 54 silver stars encircling a depiction of the Minute Man statue in silver metal on a textured circular background.

Senior: A gold metal device 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) in height and 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in width with a six-sided raised area at the top and edged by a ring of laurel leaves filled green, encircling a round silver metal device having the designation band with the organization name “ARMY NATIONAL GUARD” arched above separated by triskelions at both ends, with the designation “RECRUITING RETENTION” all in green, arched below and separated by a raised circle between the words. Within the designation band is a green ring with 54 silver stars encircling a depiction of the Minute Man statue in gold metal on a textured circular background.

Expert: A gold metal device 2 11/16 inches (6.83 cm) in height and 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) with a raised motto arched in chief with the words “PERITUS” in raised letters with a six-sided raised area below and edged by a ring of laurel leaves filled green, encircling a round silver metal device having a designation band with the organization name “ARMY NATIONAL GUARD” arched above separated by triskelions at both ends, with the designation “RECRUITING RETENTION” all in green, arched below and separated by a raised circle between the words. Within the designation band is a green ring with 54 silver stars encircling a depiction of the Minute Man statue in gold metal on a textured circular background.

Director’s 54 and Master 7: The designs are the same as the senior and expert badges above with raised gold numerals “54” and “7” respectively in the six-sided raised area at the top.


Symbolism

The circular band alludes to the continuous need of the Army for young men of quality in its rank. The ring of 54 stars represents the 50 states, 3 territories and the District of Columbia – the geographical recruiting areas. The wreath symbolizes excellence, achievement and accomplishment; identifying an experienced and accomplished Recruiting and Retention noncommissioned officer. The rays behind the Minute Man connect the one Soldier to all 50 states, 3 territories and the District of Columbia symbolizing the individual State organizations and the Nation. The Minute Man represents the Army National Guard, the oldest component of the United States Armed Forces and facing forward as leading head first into battle. The word “Peritus” translates to “Expert.”


Information

For information on the Director’s 54 and Master 7 Badges see NGR 601-1.


Background

The recruiting badges were first introduced in the mid 1970s. On 1 October 2007, the Director, Army National Guard submitted a request to update and redesign the badges to more accurately represent the Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Force mission in the communities in which they are assigned. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel approved the request on 12 May 2008.


Award Eligibility

See Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards and NGR 601-1.


Subdued Badges

The metal badges are only authorized in non-subdued. The subdued badges are authorized as embroidered cloth badges as shown above.



Director's 54 Metal Badges

Director's 54 Metal Badges

Master 7 Metal Badges

Master 7 Metal Badges

Director's 54 and Master 7 Cloth Badges

Director's 54 and Master 7 Cloth Badges




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