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Basic Training Awards

Learn about basic training awards in this US army basic training video from Howcast with Sergeant Michael Volkin.


Basic Training awards. Many recruits are surprised to know that you can get awards and medals at Basic Training. The Air Force gives out the most and the Marines give out the least. But no matter what branch of service you're in, there will be an award waiting for you if you're good enough. So,lets go ahead and review a few. First, a marksmanship badge. Depending on how well you do on the firing range, you could win a variety of marksmanship awards. A grenade badge. You throw a couple of live grenades-you'll get a grenade badge to wear on your Class A military suit. Global war on terror medal-you get just for joining. So you're off to a great start from day one. PT awards. If you get a perfect score, on your army fitness test, they give you a badge to wear on your PT uniform. The Air Force gives out two awards for PT-the thunderbolt standard and the war hawk standard, depending on how well you do on the PT test. Graduation award-national defense service medal. The Marines get issued the eagle,globe, and anchor emblem for graduating. There are also coins available to achieve for passing certain events. For example, in the Air Force, you get a coin for completing "the beast". In rare occasions you may even get promoted, while at basic training, but earning a coin, badge, or award is much more likely.

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