26 Jun '12, 12pm
For infantrymen, no badge is worn more proudly than the Expert Infantryman Badge.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Throughout the Army, a number of skill badges can be seen worn proudly upon the left side of Soldiers' chests. For infantryman, no badge is worn more proudly than the Expert Infantryman Badge. More than 600 Fort Drum Soldiers started the week of testing June 11, with the hopes of receiving the coveted badge. As the sun rose over Fort Drum, testing began with the Army Physical Fitness Test. Soldiers who earned a score of 275 or higher then completed a day and night land navigation course, where they must plot and locate four points within two hours. "Two hours is not a whole lot of time, so most guys were running most of the course in order to get all four points within the time," said 1st Lt. John Steger from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Over the next three days, infantry Soldiers ...