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The Special Forces Qualification Tab

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Embroidered Tab

Metal Tab

DESCRIPTION: The Special Forces qualification tab is for wear on the Army green uniform is 3 1/4 inches wide with a teal blue embroidered background and border and yellow embroidered letters. A subdued version with olive drab background and borders and black letters is authorized for work uniforms. A metal Special Forces Badge is authorized for wear on the mess/dress uniforms and green shirt.

SYMBOLISM: The colors of the tab are the same colors as the shoulder sleeve insignia authorized for Special Forces Groups.


The Commander, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center (USAJFKSWC), Fort Bragg, NC 28307-5000, may award the Special Forces Tab to any individual who has successfully completed the Special Forces Qualification Course or the Special Forces Officer Course.

The Special Forces Tab may be awarded to any person on active duty, active status in the Reserve Components, in retired status, or honorably discharged who meets the appropriate criteria listed in AR 600-8-22.

DATE APPROVED: The cloth tab was approved by the Army�s Chief of Staff on 17 June 1983, based on a request from the Commander of USAJFKSWC. Criteria, wear policy and authorization to wear the tab was announced in DA Message 061300Z, October 1983, Subject: Special Forces Tab. On 25 November 1984, the Army Chief of Staff approved a metal replica of the embroidered tab for wear on the mess/dress uniforms.

SUBDUED TAB: The subdued tab is embroidered with olive drab background and border with black letters. The tab is not authorized in subdued metal.

MINIATURE BADGES: The metal badge authorized for wear on the Army blue or white uniform and green shirt is 1 9/16 inches wide with a teal blue enameled background and gold letters and border. The dress miniature for wear on the mess/dress uniforms is 1 inch wide.


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