United States Army
and US Army Air Force
Expert, Sharpshooter, Marksman
Qualification Badge
Display Recognitions

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        Applicable Badges

      • AA Artillery
      • Aerial Bomber
      • Aeroweapons
      • AP Eng Mech (Army Air Force)
      • AP Mechanic (Army Air Force)
      • AP Power Plant SP (Army Air Force)
      • AP (Other) (Army Air Force)
      • Automatic Rifle
      • Bayonet
      • Carbine
      • Coastal Artillery
      • C.A. Gunner
      • C.W.S. Weapons
      • F.A. Gunner
      • Field Artillery
      • Flamethrower
      • Grenade
      • Inf Howitzer
      • Machine Gun
      • Machine Rifle
      • Machinegun
      • Mine Gunner
      • Mines
      • Missile
      • Mortar
      • Pistol
      • Recoilless Rifle
      • Rifle
      • Rifle, M-14
      • Rifle, M-16
      • Rocket Launcher
      • Small Bore Pistol
      • Small Bore Rifle
      • Submachine Gun
      • Sword
      • Tank Weapons
      • TD 3-inch
      • TD 57-mm
      • TD 37-mm
      • TD 75-mm
      • 60-mm Mortar
      • 81-mm Mortar
      • Display Types

        You have three display types to choose from:
        Black & White (No Color)
        Published Document only (Full color)
        Or Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure

        Heavy Bond Enclosure

        Trimmed in Appearance Gold

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements
        You must submit the following:

      • A photocopy of your Report of Separation (DD-214) clearly displaying your weapons qualification status (WQS). If your WQS is not displayed on your Report of Separation your must provide a copy of your DD-214 - AND - a copy of any military-issued document that displays your WQS.


        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display Medal or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Price Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $10.50 USPS $24.50
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $10.50 USPS $29.50
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • Total/Shipping prices, above, apply to 50 U.S. states
      • Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How to Apply

        You may apply for your Display Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal, Business, Bank or Cashiers Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include a copy of your DD-214 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549


        Email: Army Qualification Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

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        Issue Regulations

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        1. Description: Expert: A white metal (silver, nickel and rhodium), 1.17 inches in height, a cross patee with the representation of a target placed on the center thereof and enclosed by a wreath. Sharpshooter: A white metal (silver, nickel, and rhodium), 1 inch in height, a cross patee with the representation of a target placed on the center thereof. Marksman: A white metal (silver, nickel, and rhodium), 1 inch in height, a cross patee.

        2. Qualification Bars: Bars with the following inscriptions are currently authorized for display on the badges:

        Submachine Gun
        Rocket Launcher
        Small Bore Pistol
        Field Artillery
        AA Artillery
        Tank Weapons
        Auto Rifle
        Recoilless Rifle
        Small Bore Rifle

        Inscription formerly authorized on qualification bars:

        Automatic Rifle
        C.A. Gunner
        Inf Howitzer
        Machine Gun
        F.A. Gunner
        Mine Gunner


        Consolidated all rifles to Rifle, added Machine Rifle, Tank Weapons, C.W.S. Weapons, Bayonet


        Added Aerial Gunner, Aerial Bomber


        Added Grenade


        Deleted Sword, added Small Bore Rifle, Small Bore Pistol, Submachine Gun, Small Bore MG.


        Added Carbine, Antitank, 81mm Mortar, 60 mm Mortar, TD 75mm, TD 57mm, TD 3 inch


        Added Recoilless Rifle, Mortar. Deleted Pistol D, Pistol M, Mines, C.W.S. Weapons, Aerial Gunner, Aerial bomber, Small Bore MG, Antitank, 81mm Mortar, 60mm Mortar, TD (all types)


        Added Submarine Mines


        Added Aeroweapons

        Prior to 1951 regulation, the titles of the badges were Marksman and 2d Class Gunner; Sharpshooter and First Class Gunner and Expert.

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