Sixty-six Soldiers earn Expert Field Medical Badge

(FORT BENNING, Ga.) - Soldiers from around the Army traveled to Fort Benning in December to earn the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB). Successful candidates conducted ten consecutive days of standardization training and testing in a field environment. Testing consisted of a written test, land navigation, combat testing lanes, and a 12-mile foot march. Only 66 out of 88 Soldiers were awarded the EFMB in a ceremony Dec. 13 on Fort Benning. (Photo by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

Soldiers from around the Army traveled to Fort Benning in December to earn the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB). Successful candidates conducted ten consecutive days of standardization training and testing in a field environment. Testing consisted of a written test, land navigation, combat testing lanes, and a 12-mile foot march. Only 66 out of more than 200 Soldiers who started were awarded the EFMB in a ceremony Dec. 13 on Fort Benning. (Photos by: Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

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UPDATED: Dec. 19 – FORT BENNING, Ga. – After successfully enduring 10-days of physically and mentally challenging simulated battlefield tasks, a written test, a land navigation course and a 12-mile foot march, 66 Soldiers were awarded the prestigious Expert Field Medical Badge during a ceremony Dec. 13 in Derby Auditorium.

The EFMB test is the ultimate challenge to the professional competence and physical endurance of the Soldier-medic, and it is the most sought after peacetime award in the U.S. Army Medical Department.

Expert Medical Field Badge testing on Fort Benning December 2016While the Combat Medical Badge is the “portrait of courage” during wartime, the EFMB is undoubtedly the “portrait of excellence” in day-to-day Army medicine.

“We had officers and noncommissioned officers that validated their credentials as subject matter experts,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Metheny, command sergeant major of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the keynote speaker at the award ceremony. “These Soldiers are at the top of their profession and they are the best in their fields of expertise.”

Sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Command, the 14th Combat Support Hospital hosted the EFMB test on Fort Benning which began initially with more than 200 candidates from around the Army. Only three percent of all Soldiers who attempt to earn the EFMB actually pass the test, said one Army official during the ceremony.

Soldiers standby Dec. 13 to receive their Expert Field Medical Badge after 10-days of physically and mentally challenging tests and tasks.

Soldiers standby Dec. 13 in Derby auditorium on Fort Benning to receive their Expert Field Medical Badge after 10-days of physically and mentally challenging tests and tasks.

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