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Purpose of Awards

Awards and Decorations are more commonly referred to as Medals and Ribbons. They are one of the ways we recognize service and personal accomplishment while a member of the 7th Cavalry Gaming Regiment. Together with other badges of rank and insignia in the 7th Cavalry Gaming Regiment, they are an outward display highlighting the members achievements and contributions throughout their career with us.


Visual identification is something we naturally rely on, but largely take for granted. In a virtual community, this basic human ability is missing by default. We address this through forum avatars, forum signatures, and MILPACS service jackets to display each member's rank, billet, awards, and qualifications. It helps to fill the void of intuitive recognition that would otherwise be present in face to face interactions.

Award Categories

Category Description
Discontinued Previously awarded and discontinued. Still appears on uniforms.
Removed Previously awarded and discontinued. Removed from uniforms.
Service Awarded for service or contributions to the Regiment.
Operations Awarded for actions in game-play/operations.
Statutory Awarded for completion of courses, time in service or meeting certain criteria, i.e. participating in # operations.

Individual Medals and Ribbons

INDIVIDUAL MEDALS AND RIBBONS OF THE 7TH CAVALRY REGIMENT
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
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Medal of Honor Not Awarded The highest honor that can be awarded to a member of the United States armed forces. It is represented here out of respect for the award, its recipients, and its place in military history.
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Brigadier General Krazee Lifetime Achievement Medal Service By order of the Commander only, is awarded for overall career achievements within the 7th Cavalry. This includes service to the unit in and out of combat roles. This award is exclusive to the Officer ranks, and is awarded in Honor of BG.Krazee.
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Command Sergeant-Major Ronnie "Coldblud" Bussey Lifetime Achievement Medal Service By order of the Commander only, is awarded for overall career achievements within the 7th Cavalry. This includes service to the unit in and out of combat roles. This award exclusive to the NCO ranks, and is awarded in Honor of CSM.Ronnie "Coldblud" Bussey.
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Army Distinguished Service Cross Operations Awarded for actions, or a single act, demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill under fire, which were unquestionably responsible for the successful outcome of the mission against a live enemy force including internal player versus player matches. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Defense Distinguished Service Medal Service Awarded to officers and non-commissioned officers for exceptionally meritorious leadership of a primary billet over the course of one year, or being selected as Non-Commissioned Officer or Officer of the Year.
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Army Distinguished Service Medal Service Awarded for distinguished service in a primary billet by any member. Can only be awarded once per person, per year. Does not apply to primary leadership billets.
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Silver Star Operations Awarded for actions demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill, including leadership under fire and which were critical to the successful outcome of the mission. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Defense Superior Service Medal Service Awarded to officers and non-commissioned officers for exceptionally meritorious leadership of a secondary billet over the course of one year. Applies to sub-department NCOICs and Leads also. Can also be awarded for meritorious service to the Regiment in leadership in operations over a year. Can only be awarded once per person, per year.
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Legion of Merit Service Awarded to members for exceptional service in a secondary billet. Can only be awarded once per person, per year. Does not apply to secondary leadership billets.
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Distinguished Flying Cross Operations Awarded to pilots for a single act demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill while under enemy fire. This award is the aviation equivalent of the Bronze Star with valor device. Air crew are not eligible for this award and pilots must have their flight wings. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Soldier's Medal Service Awarded for calling a Garry Owen on behalf of the 7th Cavalry or for taking the initiative to make important decisions and/or execute plans on behalf of the Regiment that were approved belatedly and that had a significant positive outcome for the Regiment as a whole.
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Bronze Star with Valor Operations Awarded for a single act demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill while under enemy fire. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Bronze Star Medal Operations Awarded for skillful or heroic actions over the entire operation where there was no one specific instance of heroism and the trooper's contribution was critical to the successful outcome of the operation. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Purple Heart Operations Awarded for a single act demonstrating extraordinary heroism and skill while under enemy fire, where the recipient was killed undertaking the act. This is awarded for actions that, should the recipient have survived, would have been awarded a bronze star or above.
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Defense Meritorious Service Medal Service Awarded for a single, significant and distinguished contribution to a secondary department by any member, whether serving in a secondary billet or not.
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Meritorious Service Medal Service Awarded to any member for exceptional service or contributions that significantly impact the health and morale of the unit in a positive manner. Can only be awarded once per person, in any six month period.
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Army Air Medal Operations Awarded to any member of an aircrew for skillful or heroic actions over the entire operation where there was no one specific instance of heroism and the trooper's contribution was critical to the successful outcome of the operation. This award is the aviation equivalent to the Bronze Star without a valor device. The recipient must have survived to be eligible to receive this award.
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Joint Service Commendation Medal Operations Awarded to members of a company whose actions or contributions have directly benefited the troopers of another Company. Is recommended by the benefitted Company Staff.
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Army Commendation Medal With Valor Operations Awarded for a single act of heroism or skill under fire.
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Army Commendation Medal Service/Operations Awarded for distinguished contributions to any area of the Regiment. Awarded for skillful or heroic actions over an entire operation where there was no one specific instance of heroism or skill.
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Joint Service Achievement Medal Service For technical assistance, or assistance of a non combat nature to an allied Unit.
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Army Achievement Medal Service Awarded for contributions to any area of the Cav. Also awarded for Trooper and Department Clerk of the Month.
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Prisoner of War Medal Operations Awarded for participating in 16 hours of an official 24 hour Operation or other significant and unusual circumstances.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 3rd Gold Knot Statutory Last award of GCM. Awarded after 10 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 2nd Gold Knot Statutory Awarded after 9 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 1st Gold Knot Statutory Awarded after 8 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 3rd Silver Knot Statutory Awarded after 7 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 2nd Silver Knot Statutory Awarded after 6 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 1st Silver Knot Statutory Awarded after 5 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 3rd Bronze Knot Statutory Awarded after 4 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 2nd Bronze Knot Statutory Awarded after 3 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal 1st Bronze Knot Statutory Awarded after 2 years of total service.
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Army Good Conduct Medal First Award Statutory Awarded after 1 year of total service.
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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Operations Awarded for team participation in a league operation against live enemies. Can only be awarded once per season.
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Afghanistan Campaign Medal Service Awarded to members of the Regiment who have served their country's Armed Forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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Iraq Campaign Medal Service Awarded to members that have served in Iraq during the present conflict.
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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Service Awarded to members of the 7th Cavalry who have been deployed and participate in a designated anti-terrorism operation for a period of either 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days of duty.
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National Defense Service Medal Service Awarded to members of the 7th Cavalry who have served their country's armed forces honorably.
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Armed Forces Service Medal Service Awarded to members of the 7th Cavalry that are assigned to secondary billets in addition to their primary billet for every consecutive year assigned to a billet. Awarded for each secondary department (not sub-department), per person, per 12 consecutive months of service. Capped at 11 awards.
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Humanitarian Service Medal Service Awarded to any 7th Cavalry member that helps out another whether financially, or for games or computer parts that are vital to their continued participation in their primary billet.
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Donation Ribbon Service Awarded to a member that donates money to the 7th Cavalry Cause or to pay for other essential services or software.
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7th Cavalry Server Upgrade Award Service Awarded to 7th Cavalry members that made a financial contribution to fund the project to upgrade the dedicated servers for the Regiment. A Silver Star Device denotes a total contribution of $50 or more, a Gold Star Device denotes $100.00 or more.
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StackUp Donation Medal w/Gold Knot Service Awarded to 7th Cavalry members that made a financial contribution in support of the 2018 StackUp.Org Veteran's Day fundraising drive. Awarded for a donation of $200+.
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StackUp Donation Medal w/Silver Knot Service Awarded to 7th Cavalry members that made a financial contribution in support of the 2018 StackUp.Org Veteran's Day fundraising drive. Awarded for a donation of $100-$199.
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StackUp Donation Medal w/Bronze Knot Service Awarded to 7th Cavalry members that made a financial contribution in support of the 2018 StackUp.Org Veteran's Day fundraising drive. Awarded for a donation of $50-$99.
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StackUp Donation Medal Service Awarded to 7th Cavalry members that made a financial contribution in support of the 2018 StackUp.Org Veteran's Day fundraising drive. Awarded for a donation of $20-$49.
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Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Service Awarded to members of the 7th Cavalry that provide outstanding service to a non combat department to which they are not assigned.
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NCO Professional Development Ribbon Statutory Awarded each time a member is promoted from sergeant and above with numeral device. Numeral indicates highest NCO rank ever attained.
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Honor Graduate Ribbon Statutory Awarded to a member for completion of various courses as the Honor Graduate.
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Army Service Ribbon Statutory Awarded after successful graduation from the 7th Cavalry Regiment Recruit Training Command.
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Cavalry Centurion Medal Statutory Awarded to a member that participates in one-hundred total operations. Multiple awards are possible.
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United Nations Service Medal Statutory Awarded to a trooper who participates in 3 or more operations during a campaign. Capped at 11 awards.
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Overseas Service Ribbon Statutory Awarded to a member that participates in five operations in the Arma 3 Area of Operations. Awarded from 16 June, 2018.
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Vietnam Service Ribbon Statutory Awarded to a member that participates in five operations in the Vietnam Area of Operations. Awarded from 16 June, 2018.
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Squad Service Ribbon Statutory Awarded to a member that participates in five operations in the Squad Area of Operations. Awarded from 16 June, 2018.
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World War II Service Ribbon Statutory Awarded to a member that participates in five operations in the Post Scriptum Area of Operations. Awarded from 16 June, 2018.
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Recruiting Service Ribbon Service Awarded for every 2 members that are recruited and graduate boot camp.
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Sniper Ribbon Statutory Awarded upon completion of the 7th Cavalry Sniper Scout Course.
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Basic Assault Course Ribbon Statutory The basic assault Course Ribbon is awarded to all those that graduate the Basic Assault and Movement Course (B.A.M.C.) course.

Unit Awards

UNIT CITATIONS OF THE 7TH CAVALRY REGIMENT
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
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Presidential Unit Citation Statutory Awarded to the 7th Cavalry Regiment for distinguished and heroic actions during combat operations as a Unit against hostile forces. All troopers receive this award upon graduating from the Recruit Training Command.
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Joint Meritorious Unit Award Operations Awarded to squad-sized units and up that display outstanding and exceptional skill as a whole during combat operations versus an external group(PVP). Must be an official organized event. Must have won all official match(es) played. The 7th Cavalry must make up at least 75% of its teams roster.
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Army Valorous Unit Award Operations Awarded to squad-sized units and up that display outstanding and exceptional skill as a whole during combat operations versus an external group(PVP). Must have won all official match(es) played. Must be an official organized event.
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Meritorious Unit Commendation Operations Awarded to squad-sized units and up that display outstanding and exceptional skill as a whole during combat operations and competitions. Must have won all official match(es) played or the competition. Must be an official organized event.
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Superior Unit Award Service Awarded to section-level units and higher for superior performance of their duties. Can only be officially proposed by Battalion staff or higher.
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Black Ops Unit Citation Service Awarded for classified activities on behalf of the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

Special Skill Group 1 Awards

COMBAT INFANTRY BADGES
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
91.jpg Combat Infantry Badge 4 Statutory Awarded for participation in combat operations after 20 operations in any area of operation.
56.jpg Combat Infantry Badge 3 Statutory


Awarded for participation in combat operations after 15 operations in any area of operation.
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Awarded for participation in combat operations after 10 operations in any area of operation.
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Awarded for participation in combat operations after 5 operations in any area of operation.
57.jpg Expert Infantry Badge Statutory Awarded for participation in combat operations after 1 operation in any area of operation.

Special Skill Group 2 Awards

MEDICAL QUALIFICATION BADGES
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
70.jpg Combat Medical Badge Statutory Awarded for sustained actions in combat while assigned as a combat medic. Must have Expert Field Medical Badge to qualify.
69.jpg Expert Field Medical Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the game's Combat Medic Course.


Special Skill Group 3 Awards

FLIGHT AND EOD QUALIFICATION BADGES
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
73.jpg Master Aviator Badge Statutory Must have senior aviator wings to qualify and be assigned to the flight school as a fully qualified instructor capable of teaching ground school, basic flight and advanced flight.
72.jpg Senior Aviator Badge Statutory Must have completed Advanced course in their specialty (Rotary or Fixed-Wing) and completing 10 operational sorties or 6 months as a qualified aviator.
71.jpg Army Aviator Badge Statutory Alpha Company - awarded upon successful completion of Advanced Flight Qualification Evaluation (Rotary or Fixed-Wing). Delta Company - awarded upon successful completion of Basic Flight Qualification Evaluation.
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Aircrew Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the Basic Rotary Aircrew Course.
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Flight Medic Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the Flight Medic Evaluation.
65.jpg Master EOD Badge Statutory Qualified as an EOD instructor in their game.
64.jpg Senior EOD Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of a game's Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course.
63.jpg Basic EOD Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of a game's Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course.

Special Skill Group 4 Awards

SPECIALTY QUALIFICATION BADGES
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
75.jpg Ranger Tab Statutory Awarded for completing Ranger training and selection.
76.jpg Sapper Tab Statutory Awarded for completing Sapper training and selection.
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LRRP Tab Statutory Awarded for completing ACV Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol training and selection.
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Master Gunner Badge Statutory Awarded for completing the M1A2 Abrams Master Gunner Evaluation.
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Pathfinder Badge Statutory Awarded for completing Pathfinder training and selection.
66.jpg Air Assault Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the Air Assault Course.
62.jpg Master Parachutist Badge Statutory Awarded to fully qualified instructors of the Basic Airborne and Jumpmaster course. Up to 5 combat jump stars can be awarded.
61.jpg Senior Parachutist Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the Arma 3 Jumpmaster Course.Up to 5 combat jump stars can be awarded.
60.jpg Basic Parachutist Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the Basic Airborne Course. Up to 5 combat jump stars can be awarded.
67.jpg Master MFFP Badge Statutory Awarded to fully qualified instructors of the Military Freefall Parachutist Course. Up to 3 combat jump stars can be awarded.
68.jpg Basic MFFP Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the Arma 3 Military Freefall Parachutist Course. Up to 3 combat jump stars can be awarded.

Other Awards

OTHER QUALIFICATION BADGES
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
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Cavalry Spurs Statutory Awarded for completing Cavalry Scout training and selection.
92.jpg Best Ranger Statutory Awarded to the top scoring Ranger in the annual Best Ranger Competition.
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Senior Instructor Badge Statutory Awarded to instructors who teach 15 or more classes.
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Master Instructor Badge Statutory Awarded to instructors who teach 25 or more classes.
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Gold Recruiter Badge Statutory Awarded to recruiters who recruit 25 or more recruits who graduate boot camp.
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Senior Recruiter Badge Statutory Awarded to recruiters who recruit 50 or more recruits who graduate boot camp.
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Master Recruiter Badge Statutory Awarded to recruiters who recruit 100 or more recruits who graduate boot camp.
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Rifle Qualification Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the weapons qualification course using a standard Rifle. Expert/Sharpshooter/Marksman.
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Grenade Qualification Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the weapons qualification course using grenades. Expert/Sharpshooter/Marksman.
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M-203 Qualification Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the weapons qualification course using a grenade launcher. Expert/Sharpshooter/Marksman.
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Machine Gun Qualification Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the weapons qualification course using a machine gun. Expert/Sharpshooter/Marksman.
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Recoilless Qualification Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the weapons qualification course using an anti-tank launcher. Expert/Sharpshooter/Marksman.
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Pistol Qualification Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the weapons qualification course using a pistol. Expert/Sharpshooter/Marksman.
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Aeroweapons Qualification Badge Statutory Awarded for completion of the weapons qualification course using the M134 Minigun. Expert/Sharpshooter/Marksman.

Discontinued Awards

DISCONTINUED MEDALS/RIBBONS/BADGES
Ribbon/Award Name Category Description
74.jpg Special Forces Tab Discontinued Awarded upon selection to the Special Forces Unit of the 7th Cavalry.
43.jpg Ranger Selection Ribbon Discontinued Awarded to members that have completed Ranger School.
25.jpg American Defense Medal Removed Awarded for every year of service.
42.jpg Re-enlistment Ribbon Removed For former members of the 7th Cavalry that had at least 1 year Time in Service at the time of their Discharge who reenlist after having been discharged/retired for at least 6 months.
46.jpg Cadre Course Ribbon Discontinued Awarded for the completion of the 7th Cavalry Cadre Training Course.
26.jpg Women's Army Corps Medal Discontinued Awarded to all female members of the 7th Cavalry Regiment upon reaching the rank of Private First Class.