Combat Action Badge Criteria
Effective date: Sept. 11, 2001 (retroactive)
Eligibility: Colonel or below for officers; all enlisted soldiers
(a) May be
awarded to any Soldier.
must be performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay or
imminent danger pay is authorized.
must be personally present and actively engaging or beingengaged by the
enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed
rules of engagement.
must not be assigned/attached to a unit that would qualify the Soldier
for the CIB/CMB. (For example, an 11B assigned to Corps staff is
eligible for award of the CAB. However, an 11B assigned to an infantry
battalion is not eligible for award of the CAB.)
Services and foreign soldiers. May be awarded to members from the
other U.S. Armed Forces and foreign soldiers assigned to a U.S. Army unit,
provided they meet the above criteria (that is, KATUSAs in 2d ID).
Qualifying periods. Award of the CAB is authorized from 18 September
2001 to a date to be determined. Award for qualifying service in any
previous conflict is not authorized.
one CAB may be awarded during a qualifying period.
and third awards of the CAB for subsequent qualifying periods will be
indicated by superimposing one and two stars respectively, centered at
the top of the badge between the points of the oak wreath.
(6) Retroactive awards. Retroactive awards for the CAB are not
authorized prior to 18 September 2001. For service on or after 18
September 2001, applications (to include supporting documentation) for
retroactive awards of the CAB will be forwarded through the first two star
general in the chain of command to CG, USA HRC, ATTN: AHRC-PDO-PA,
Alexandria, VA 22332-0471.
(7) Wear policy (see AR 670-1). The CAB is categorized as a Group 1
d . Multiple awards. Soldiers may be awarded the CIB, CMB and CAB
for the same qualifying period, provided the criteria for each badge is
met. However, subsequent awards of the same badge within the same
qualifying period are not authorized.
Note: Approved in
HQDA Letter 600-05-1 on 5 June 2005
Source: U.S. Army