6th Annual German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Testing

Convocation Center

250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

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California University of Pennsylvania will host members of the active-duty, reserve and National Guard components of the U.S. military as they compete to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Physical fitness tests will take place, rain or shine, March 23-24 on the University’s main campus in California, Pa. The marksmanship test will be held at the Westmoreland County Community College Public Safety Training Center in nearby Smithton, Pa. 

This is the sixth year that the Office of Veterans Affairs at Cal U has organized the testing. To earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, candidates must meet benchmarks in running, swimming and other physical activities; qualify on the pistol range; pass first-aid and hazards tests; and complete a road march carrying a 33-pound backpack.

About the badge

A decoration of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge is one of the few foreign awards that U.S. military members may wear on their uniform. This prestigious award has been available since 1972 to U.S. service members who meet rigorous proficiency standards.

All eligible members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard may compete for the award. The badge is awarded in gold, silver or bronze, depending on the results of the pistol qualification, the first-aid test and the road march.

About the test

As many as 40 service members are expected to participate in this year’s testing at Cal U. Registrants come from seven states in addition to Pennsylvania.

These events are scheduled:

  • ·      11x10 meter sprint
  • ·      Flexed-arm hang
  • ·      1,000-meter run
  • ·      100-meter swim in uniform
  • ·      Pistol qualification
  • ·         NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) hazards test
  • ·         First-aid proficiency test
  • ·         Road march with pack  (at least 33 pounds)

A ceremony recognizing participants who complete the badge requirements will be held at 2 p.m. March 24 at Cedar Creek Park.


Friday, March 23, 2018


Robert Prah

Phone: 724-938-4076