Combat Badges have been referred to quite a bit, not least here : Afghan Bling Thread I thought I could add to the discussion with some more info and my thoughts by comparing the origins of the US CIB and CAB with the German equivalents from WW2. The US CIB had the following four tenets in mind; do they ring any bells? My bold. Requirements: More Here Combat Action Badge My bold - being bombed, shelled, mortared doesn't cut it - the opportunity to take the battle to the enemy does. More here Wehrmacht Close Combat Clasp Only around 600 (depending on your source) wehrmacht soldiers were awarded the Gold clasp. Administration There are likely to be major complaints about these awards because of it being potentially divisive, but quite frankly so it should be. As far as cooks and bottle washers are concerned the CIB wouldn't be available because they are not infantry and the CAB would not be available because they wouldn't be returning fire. The CIB wouldn't go to an RLC driver but he could get the CAB where he was sharing the risks. Personally I would like to see infantry soldiers rewarded for the unique role of the Army infantryman, the only soldier whose daily mission is to close with and destroy the enemy and to seize and hold terrain. I see no objection to the RAC instigating a tank killing badge!