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| p.2 #16 · American Soldier on Leave in Canada |
Steady Hand wrote:
Some here have questioned the wearing of marksmanship badges. The soldier (or vet) shown in the photo has on TWO army marksmanship badges.
I qualified as a Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman (three different weapons) and would be allowed to wear three badges.
A soldier that qualifies in different weapons at different levels of skill, can have up to THREE different marksmanship badges on the uniform.
Here is a little info on that (from Wikipedia) the fastest source for finding just about anything.
The United States Army issues Marksmanship Qualification Badges to enlisted soldiers, U.S. civilian personnel, and foreign military members at three different qualification levels: Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman. Suspended from the badge are qualification bars that indicate the specific weapon(s) in which the soldier/civilian has qualified. Qualification bars are authorized for the following weapons (listed with exact inscription): Rifle, Pistol, AA Artillery, Auto Rifle, Machinegun, Field Artillery, Tank Weapons, Flamethrower, Submachine Gun, Rocket Launcher, Grenade, Carbine, Recoilless Rifle, Mortar, Bayonet, Small Bore Rifle, Small Bore Pistol, Missile, and Aeroweapons. Only three marksmanship badges are authorized for wear at one time and each may only have up to three qualification bars. 
Nobody in my unit wears 3 different badges let alone even two. Did you wear all three? If you did, thats fine, I just find it very strange for anyone in active duty service to wear more than one as I've never seen it before. Just as nobody wears the grenade qual badge either. Fact is, no matter how you slice it, he's still out of uniform and looks like shit if you ask me.