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Driver and Mechanic Badge
Driver and Mechanic Badge.png
Awarded by United States Army
Type Badge
Awarded for Qualifications to operate and repair military motor vehicles
Status Currently awarded
Established July 1942
Last awarded Ongoing
Next (higher) Aviation Badges
Next (lower) Ranger Tab[1]
Related Weapons

The Driver and Mechanic Badge is a military badge of the United States Army which was first created in July 1942. The badge was originally referred to as the “Motor Vehicle Badge” and adopted its current title of Driver and Mechanic Badge during the Korean War.[2]

The Driver and Mechanic Badge is awarded to enlisted soldiers who have received training, and subsequent qualification, to operate or repair military motor vehicles. The badge is issued with a number of metal bars, suspended beneath the decoration, which denote the qualification received. The current bars which are issued to the Driver and Mechanic Badge are as follows:[3]

  • DRIVER - A (for amphibious vehicles)
  • DRIVER - M (for motorcycles)
  • DRIVER - T (for tracked vehicles)
  • DRIVER - W (for wheeled vehicles)
  • MECHANIC (for automotive or allied vehicles)
  • OPERATOR - S (for special mechanical equipment)

The Driver and Mechanic Badge is worn suspended beneath a service member’s standard decorations and to the wearer's right of any Weapons Qualification Badges.[4]


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