Expert Infantry Badge
Sgt. Tracey Long grades a candidate during scenario-based testing for the Expert Infantry Badge for infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, Feb. 1, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The EIB was created in 1943 as a means to recognize excellence among the infantry. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
I’m dual qualified. I’ve got the CIB and the EIB. Most infantry soldiers have the chance to test for the EIB about every 12-18 months. I never had the opportunity to test until I had over 6 years of service. I actually got my CIB two years before I earned my EIB. And frankly, I had to work harder to get my EIB.
The fun part of having an EIB was working on the testing committee the next three years. All three years I was on the Land Navigation Committee, and greatly enjoyed it. We had a great setup, good courses, and a well run team. And we set up a couple of gas grills and made hundreds of hamburgers and hot dogs every day. We sold ‘em for a buck apiece, and Cokes for half a buck. We barely broke even, but we were a very popular station.