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German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge
Start Date: 4/28/2013 All Day
End Date: 4/29/2013

Event Description:
California University of Pennsylvania will host members of the active-duty, reserve and National Guard components of the U.S. military April 28-29 as they compete to earn the prestigious German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

To earn the badge, candidates must meet benchmarks in swimming, running and other physical activities; qualify on the pistol range; and pass a first-aid test. They also must complete a road march while carrying a backpack weighing at least 33 pounds.

A decoration of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, the badge is one of the few foreign awards that U.S. military members may wear on their uniform.

It has been available since 1972 to U.S. service members who meet rigorous proficiency standards. All eligible members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard may compete for the award.

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge is awarded in gold, silver or bronze, depending on the results of the pistol qualification, the first-aid test and the road march.

Physical fitness tests will take place, rain or shine, on the University’s main and south campuses. The marksmanship test will be held at the Westmoreland County Community College Public Safety Training Center in nearby Smithton, Pa.

As many as 100 service members are expected to participate. Standards for some events are based on the participant’s age. Events include:

• 200-meter swim
• 100-, 400- or 1,000-meter sprint
• High jump or long jump
• Shot put (or 100-meter swim)
• 3,000- or 5,000-meter run (or 100-meter swim)
• Road march with pack (at least 33 lbs.)
• Pistol qualification
• First-aid proficiency test
• Commander’s evaluation

A ceremony recognizing participants who complete the badge requirements will be held on April 29, with a member of the German military in attendance. Testing for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge is being organized by the Office of Veterans Affairs at Cal U.

Photographers and videographers are welcome.

A schedule of activities is attached. For access, please visit the Tactical Operation Center in Carter Hall, Room G-35. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage.

Editors: Please see the attached list; service members from your area are expected to attend.
Location Information:
Main Campus  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

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