Posted on Aug 23, 2015
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What are the rules of giving or receiving a coin. From the research I have done it seems that the challenge coin is an old unit tradition moral booster ( bar drinking game). But how does it apply to receiving or giving a coin? Only a senior rank to a junior rank, only a certain rank? As far as I know, they are given for an outstanding act that does not quite merit a medal. The reason I ask, is because I would like to give one.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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It's like a "Thank you Plus" or "Great Job Plus" in some ways. Not everything rates a medal or a piece of paper, but some things rate more than just a few words. Coins fill that gap.

As a very simple example. You're out on a 1-2 day field op. One of your guys busts his butt during a particularly stressful couple hours of it. Attitude, effort, everything was just top notch. If you tried to write it up, it wouldn't "quite" be "award worthy" but definitely deserved "recognition."
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CW3 Senior Maintenance Advisor For Mine Resistant Vehicle, Product Support Intergration Directorate, Assured Mobility Systems, Ilsc
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1LT(P) (Join to see), challenge coins have a rich and long lasting tradition in the Military. I take great pride in all the coins that I have received over the years, but it makes me feel awesome when I'm able to return the favor. I have Warrant Officer coins that I present to Soldiers, NCO's and even O-Grade officers for outstanding achievement in maintenance and logistics. I like to be spontaneous with my coin presentation, usually I will just walk right up to the individual and give them a handshake with the coin in my right hand and tell them why I'm giving it to them. Sometimes I will hand them out in front of a formation or in a meeting, but usually it's one on one.
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SSG Joseoh James
SSG Joseoh James
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Thanks Chief, that is what it is all about. I have over 100 coins and I can say that I have never gotten one from a Warrant. You are THE very first one (WO) that I have seen give them out.
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COL Mikel Burroughs
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1LT(P) (Join to see) I have received Challenge Coins from all ranks above me and below me. I've even received one from Specialist once and I have it displayed on my Challenge coin custom coin box that I had made just for those coins. I've spent a lot of time designing challenge coins for my last two Brigades. This is one I designed for the 89th SB. I even had it tattooed on my arm before I left the Brigade and retired.
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