The Ranger Qualification Tab or "Ranger Tab" is for wear on the Army green
uniform. It is 2 3/8 inches wide with a black embroidered
background and yellow embroidered border and letters. A subdued
version with olive drab background and border and black letters
is authorized for work uniforms.
The colors of the tab were selected to perpetuate a previously
authorized ranger shoulder sleeve insignia which was diamond
shaped with a deep blue background with yellow border and
Commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School may award the Ranger
Tab to any person who successfully completed a Ranger Course
conducted by that school.
U.S. Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) and the Commander,
U.S. Total Army Reserve Personnel Center (AR-PERSCOM) may award
the Ranger Tab to any person who was awarded the Combat
Infantryman Badge while serving during World War II as a member
of a Ranger Battalion (1st Bn – 6th Bn
inclusive) or in the 5307th Composite Unit, Provisional
(Merrill’s Marauders) to any person who was awarded the
Combat Infantryman Badge while serving during the Korean
Conflict with the 8th Army Ranger Company (11 October 1950 to 27
March 1951); or to any person who successfully completed a
Ranger Course conducted by the Ranger Training Command at Fort
The cloth tab was approved by HQDA on 6 November 1950.
Authorization to wear the tab was included in Change 2, AR
600-70, dated 23 January 1953. On 25 November 1984, the Army
Chief of Staff approved a metal replica of the embroidered tab
for wear on the dress mess uniforms.
The subdued tab is embroidered with olive drab background and
border with black letters. The tab is not authorized in subdued
BADGES: The metal badge authorized for wear on the Army blue
or white uniform and green shirt is 1 5/32 inches wide with a
black enameled background and gold letters and border. The dress
miniature for wear on the mess/dress uniforms is 13/16 inch