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Military badges of the United States

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Military badges of the United States are devices of personal recognition that are granted to service members of the United States armed forces to denote personal accomplishment, qualifications, and participation in designated military campaigns or other activities. Personal recognition is granted to service members by a number of awards and decorations. Together with military decorations, such badges are displayed outwardly on military uniforms.

Each of the five military services maintains a separate series of badges which may be awarded to service members. Various regulations exist on how badges are displayed, how many may be worn at one time, and whether or not such badges may be worn on the uniform of more than one branch of service.

There are six general series of United States military badges, those being:

In addition to those badges which are currently authorized, a number of obsolete badges have been phased out of the U.S. armed forces and no longer appear on U.S. award precedence charts.

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