Army's Combat Action Badge for Women…


…and men. Exactly one year ago, Charmaine wrote on the new CAB. The UniSex Design. The military continues to place women in combat. Cross Post.

Army Chief of Staff, General Schoomaker, Peter, J., has unveiled the design of the new Combat Action Badge, according to It is a bayonet and hand grenade on a wreath.

The real significance of this new badge is that women are now eligible, too.


New Combat Action Badge

If Google searches leading to this blog are any indication, the award is much anticipated.

“Warfare is still a human endeavor,” Schoomaker, Peter, J. reports. “Our intent is to recognize Soldiers who demonstrate and live the Warrior Ethos.”

And women are now “classified” as warriors as Schoomaker deliberately places women in combat after Congress went French on us and surrendered (without firing a shot) in a recent effort to address the issue.

President Bush has stated that women will not be placed in combat; Congress has stated that women will not be placed in combat.

Too bad. The Army says differently. And now, they get a Combat Action Badge to prove it.

(What’s next? We voted “non;” the Army elites say “oui.” The US Army thinks like the EU . . .)

The boiled frog strategy is rolling along . . . And they wonder why their male recruiting numbers are down??



Can’t tell if he’ll agree with me on the unisex issue, but Watch Your Six says “we don’t need no stinkin’ badges” for another reason. . .

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1 Response

  1. The Drill SGT says:

    Well Jack,

    As an armor officer like you, I always thought it was unfair that there was a CIB, and a CMB and not something for the Armor and the Combat Engrs.

    Having said that, I don’t have a huge problem with it as long as they really obey the rules for award and don’t give it to every G-3 Sgt who rides in a convoy that hears loud noises.

    Reading the rules, it seems like the equiv to the purple heart for lucky folks. Some of us that fought, but never got purple hearts don’t understand rewarding having body parts at the wrong place at the wrong time, but whatever…

    The CAB seems like a purple heart for folks not wounded. e.g. I was in combat, but didn;t get shot…

    a. May be awarded to any soldier.

    b. Soldier must be performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized.

    c. Soldier must be personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement.

    d. Soldier must not be assigned/attached to a unit that would qualify the soldier for the CIB/CMB.