Pic o’ the day


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.

2 thoughts on “Pic o’ the day”

  1. Yes, it is most definitely more fun to be on the EIB committee than to be a candidate. When we gave someone their final no-go, their last direction from us was to “go sit under the Bolo Tree” and wait for the bus back to post. Of course, that gave rise to the song “Don’t sit under the Bolo Tree with anyone else but me….” Done right, EIB training is the best individual skill training available in the army.

  2. Way back in The Day, in order to graduate from Infantry Officer Basic Course (1981), a 2 LT had to score 85% on the EIB test in order to graduate. This included a mandatory GO on Land Nav, the PT Test, weapons qualification as Expert and Call for Fire. If you made it through that end of course test with a 100% score, you earned the EIB. The hands on portion included 39 tasks as I recall…and include stations on the TOW, DRAGON amd 81mm Mortar.

    Did I mention the station graders were all SFCs and MSGs from the Weapons, Gunnery & Maintenance Department of the Infnatry School? The same guys who had been training us the previous 16 weeks?

    So your damn straight I am very proud of my EIB which I earned on 26 June 1981…not that I remember or anything!

    Still have that certificate in a frame hanging on the wall of my garage!

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