About Close Combat Badge
|June 1st, 2005||#1|
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Close Combat Badge info
LINK TO PICT OF CCB
Since I serve with the infantry, I know they are laughing their butts off at this badge. A word of advice is do not wear this badge if you work with infantry on a regular basis. You will not hear the end of it.
With that said that do you all think about the Close Combat Badge?
READ UP ON THE CCB
"The best form of taking care of troops is first-class training, for this saves unnecessary casualties." Erwin Rommel
|June 2nd, 2005||#3|
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Well.. I guess it's quite honorable in some way if your MOS is not infantry but you still get fired upon like a grunt. I just can't understand why you would give this sorta thing to Infantry, they do grunt work everyday-- which is most likely why it's simply laughable to be wearing it around with your platoon.
\"Aduentes Fortuna Juvat.\"
|June 2nd, 2005||#6|
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To get a CIB, you must have spent at least 30 days in a combat zone and in an infantry unit and as an infantryman. It's not awarded because just because you get shot at while strolling to the latrine either.
IMO, this new award would be better served if it had some time element involved and/or if it was more MOS specific.
To me an award like this should something to be earned by time and effort. There are MOSs other than infantry, that certainly deserve an award for performing their duties in a combat area. Maybe each would be better served with their own MOS specific combat badge provided they met the 30 days service in a combat area criteria.
Maybe it seems that I am over-reacting to this but I don't think so. In any event, this new award will never be considered on a par with the CIB.
I wonder how an artilleryman, for example, who was been in a combat area for at least 30 days and has been repeatedly fired upon feels about this award being given to some remf who gets shot at once back at HQ. Should they both get the same award? I would think not, but I'd like to hear it from other MOSs.
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which in truth, they are.
Gen. W.T. Sherman
|June 2nd, 2005||#7|
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No dog in this fight but I'll give my opinion anyway :P
I understand my Army counterparts in the Infantry hold the Combat Infantry Badge in the highest of regard and well they should, it has a proud history and that should be maintained. I don't see this new CCB as a badge on par with the CIB.
However in light of the current conflicts maybe there is a need for another badge within the army. I don't know. I tend to like the Marine Corps/Navy Combat Action Ribbon concept.
And I really don't like the design.......U G L Y.
Sgt. Rafael Peralta ,United States Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regt, 3rd Marine Divison
We will never forget your valor and sacrifice.
Semper Fi !
|June 2nd, 2005||#8|
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Well 03USMC, I found this quote.
Then there's this from Rumsfeld.
I wonder what the truth is.
|June 2nd, 2005||#9|
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CCB Replaced by CAB info
Well after some searching I found that the CCB has been replaced already! It's replacement is call the Combat Action Badge (CAB).
Here's part of an article from Stars & Stripes:
|June 2nd, 2005||#10|
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I'm not up on all the millitary badges so I'm just going to throw my .02 into the ring theoretically.
I think there should be a badge like this mostly for support troops. Of course the infantry and other front line troops are only trained to fight but for a medic or a mechanic or whatever other MOS have you, actually fighting in a battle is something worth of commendation... certainly not medal of honor or anything just for shooting back but a small commendation like this is a good idea. Basically saying "this man has been through the test of combat and passed."