Combat Infantry Badge


The Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) was established by the War Department on 27 October 1943. Lieutenant General Lesley J. McNair, then the Army Ground Forces commanding general, was instrumental in its creation.

For award of the CIB a Soldier must meet the following three requirements:

(1) Be an infantryman satisfactorily performing infantry duties.

(2) Assigned to an infantry unit during such time as the unit is engaged in active ground combat.

(3) Actively participate in such ground combat. Campaign or battle credit alone is not sufficient for award of the CIB.




Combat Infantry Badge centered above the ribbons


The Combat Action Ribbon (colloquially “CAR”), is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard military decoration awarded to those U.S. sea service members “who have actively participated in ground or surface combat.”


                                                 Combat Action Ribbon







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8 responses to “Combat Infantry Badge

  1. CIB 1966-1967 A C0. , 1/26th Inf., 1st ID-Vietnam

  2. Arthur Kent

    CIB – C 1/5, E 1/5, H Co. 75th Inf, Ist Cav. Div 69-71 RVN, Cambodia, Laos

  3. R J Mac

    thanks for this info. Gary had one and it was funny when we got it I mean he was attached to a Cav Unit. He flew Choppers  or

  4. Al WAY

    Al always told me that his CIB meant more than his Bronze Star or his Army Commendation with V. I guess I understand why.

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  5. Thus, while I spent most of each week for over a year in the field informally attached to an infantry company in the field, including several fire fights and hot LZ landings, and usually at the platoon level, and although I carried an M-16 and several magazines, I was there as a public information office photographer and not eligible for the CIB. And I agree that I was not serving as an infantryman at the time.

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