Army Drill Sergeant Identification Badge (#R13-3)
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Army Drill Sergeant Identification Badge
Criteria: Presented to any United States Army non-commissioned officer (NCO) completing the Drill Sergeant Course at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School, and who has been assigned as an active duty or Army Reserve drill sergeant at a U.S. Army training command. The Drill Sergeant badge is considered a temporary decoration which is surrendered upon completion of duty as a drill sergeant. The badge may be authorized for permanent wear, upon application of a service member to the Commandant of the Drill Sergeant School, and in such cases the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge may be worn for the duration of a military member’s career. Any drill sergeant relieved of duties “for cause” must surrender the badge and is not eligible for any further display of the decoration. The badge is nicknamed the "pumpkin patch” due to its appearance when worn in a “subdued” manner. The non-subdued version is worn on the lower right uniform pocket of the U.S. Army Class A uniform. On the Army Combat Uniform (ACU), the black subdued pin-on version is centered on the ACU coat pocket. The Drill Sergeant Identification Badge was first issued on January 15, 1958.