Posted on Mar 16, 2018
PV2 Jordan Masters
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SMSgt Operations Superintendent
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What? Why would you want to? Clearly the CIB takes precedent.
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LTC The Group Of Seven
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EIB and CIB have same precedence.
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CPT William Jones
CPT William Jones
5 mo
To get CIB be a grunt riding down highway. Get ambushed return fire get CIB truck drivers same truck nothing. EIB work study pass series of test earn a EIB. Which is harder and take most skill
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CPT William Jones
CPT William Jones
5 mo
Sounds like your platoon was in an artillery job not any infantry job if so not eligible for CIB about same as ENGRPlatoon in support of infantry company gets engulfed to include rifle fire. 11series get CIB 12 series engr not eligible for CIB wrong mos yet both in same time and place. SPC Mike Schredl
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SPC Mike Schredl
SPC Mike Schredl
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we were supposed to be doing infantry work, but ended up doing force protection (mostly guard towers, working right next to Infantry from the 82nd ABN doing the same job) and some patrolling if 1st Cav or 25th ID let us join them. some of the organic artillerymen in our other platoons got CABs for doing what we did. i know of guys who got CIBs on an ADT mission in Afghanistan, even though they were slotted into the ag platoon advising farmers on crop growing, not the security platoon. command figured once an 11B, always an 11B. the workings of the S-1 wizards are beyond the ken of mere mortals such as myself.
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No, only one badge from Category I and II can be worn.
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1SG William Svoboda
1SG William Svoboda
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I'm equally proud of both my EFMB and my CMB. However, I can tell you the EFMB like the EIB are harder to earn in most cases. You are authorized to wear both during the EIB/EFMB testing window if you're on a committee. During that time I know my soldiers were always a little taller then!
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MAJ Commander
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SFC (Join to see) - There is talk about making the wreath gold for CIB folks who also earned an EIB
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Capt Kevin McCann
Capt Kevin McCann
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I'm USMC & know about the CIB buyt please enlighten me about the EIB. What is the critiia to earn one? Thank you.
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MSG Officer Candidate
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Capt Kevin McCann, sir the Expert Infantry Badge is a special skill badge, which looks like the CIB without the wreath. To earn one, a Soldier must be 11 or 18 series (infantry or Special Forces), a qualified expert on their assigned weapons systems, qualified on both day and night land navigation, a physical test involving push ups, sit ups, and a four mile run, a 12 mile road March in less than 3 hours, and a course of 35 skill stations of infantry tasks, usually things like hand grenande accuracy, small arms diassasembaly, reassembally, and functions check, CBRNE, radios, and the like. It’s often a several day effort. Effectively it’s most individual infantry tasks done to perfect book standard as graded by badge holders.
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SGT Christopher Hayden
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I feel sorry for anyone who feels ashamed enough to wear their EIB over a CIB. You may feel like you didn't "earn" the CIB, but you should still wear it with pride for what it represents.
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SPC Johnny Five
SPC Johnny Five
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I recall a staff sergeant during the VN war an instructor in my combat tracker dog training unit who served with the 173rd abn and was highly decorated. The few times I saw him in dress uniform all he wore were jump wings from the U.S. And UK and a CIB with a couple on stars on it. I asked him about it and he said that's all anyone needs to know.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
SFC Casey O'Mally
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It isn't shame, it is pride. My EIB was DAMNED hard to earn. Every 11 bulletstopper that has been around for a bit knows there are cycles in EIB grading - some years are harder than others. I earned mine in a year in which there were less than 75 awarded across the entire Brigade - we started with around 650 candidates. I was the senior candidate in my squad, so I personally took my squad through, prepped them, and worked to promote success. We had 4 out of 5 succeed - over 5% of all EIBs in the Brigade were my squad. Yes, I'm damned proud of that EIB.

Contrast an EIB award rate under 15% with my first Iraq - CIB award rate around 95%. Many were recieved for driving MSR Tampa an hour BEFORE an IED went off or for being on a FOB that was mortared or for rolling out on QRF after an IED strike - all without ever actually engaging the enemy (i.e. no shots fired). Many others were issued for deliberate firefights, movement to contact patrols, convoy security that engaged and successfully repelled the enemy, or folks who were struck by an IED as an initiation for an ambush and proceeded to defend themselves from the ambush. Not all CIBs were shams - but some were. (Full disclosure - I had reclassed over into MI, and was not part of the 95% CIB rate. If the CAB was around, I most assuredly would have gotten a CAB - which I would not have worn, because I still took more pride in my EIB.)
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