The U.S. Army Driver Badge is a white, 1-inch cross made of silver nickel and rhodium according to the U.S. Government Printing Office. It is decorated with a disk wheel and tire in the center. Qualifying bars signifying the driver’s role may be authorized for the badge as well. The U.S. Army Driver and Mechanic Badge is given to operators with a high degree of skill in operation or maintenance of government-owned vehicles excluding aircraft. Any commander of rank equal to or higher than lieutenant colonel may approve a U.S. Army Driver Badge. Commanders of brigades, regiments or separate battalions may issue the badge.
In order to qualify for the U.S. Army Driver Badge, the operator must possess a current OF 346, the U.S. Government Motor Vehicles Operator’s Identification Card.
The second qualification for the U.S. Army Driver Badge includes being assigned duties as a driver of government vehicles for at least 12 consecutive months or 8,000 miles without an accident or traffic violation.
Instructors and Examiners
A U.S. government driving instructor or examiner may receive the U.S. Army Driver’s Badge for performing well at their active jobs for a minimum of one year.
Cadre recruiters and detailed recruiters may earn the U.S. Army Driver Badge if they have driven 12 consecutive months or 8,000 miles without an accident or traffic violation while operating a government-owned vehicle.
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