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U.S. Army Ranger Tab

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Embroidered Tab

Metal Tab

DESCRIPTION: 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.

SYMBOLISM: 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 letters.

AWARD ELIGIBILITY: The 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.

The Commander, 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 Benning, GA.

DATE APPROVED: 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.

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 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 wide.

Illustrations & Insignia Descriptions provided by the
U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry


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