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Posted on June 8, 2016

German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Four soldiers march on grass during a foggy day.
July 1-2 (rain or shine)
Cal U campus locations

As America prepares to mark Independence Day, more than 40 members of the active-duty, reserve and National Guard components of the U.S. military will be competing to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Service members must pass a series of rigorous physical challenges and safety tests in order to earn the badge, one of the few foreign awards that U.S. military members may wear on their uniform.

Physical fitness tests will take place July 1-2, rain or shine, on the Cal U campus. The marksmanship test will be held at the Westmoreland County Community College Public Safety Training Center in Smithton, Pa. 

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. July 2.

See the schedule and locations

This is the fourth year that the Office of Veterans Affairs at Cal U has organized the testing.

Service members are expected to arrive from communities in Pennsylvania, and eight additional states. See their hometowns

About the badge

A decoration of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge 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.

More information

Capt. Robert Prah, director, Office of Veterans Affairs: or 724-938-4076.