As part of its role in the marksmanship community, the CMP distributes multiple types of Distinguished Badges, which are the highest individual awards authorized by the United States government for excellence in marksmanship competition.
In 2019, the CMP introduced the Distinguished Marksman Badge, which allows competitors with a permanent disability or impairment that requires the use of adaptive firing positions, equipment or techniques to become eligible to earn the necessary credit points towards a badge in EIC events.
The Distinguished Marksman Badge program is open to men and women wounded in service, those born with incapacitating conditions, along with all others who would like to compete but require extra support on the firing line.
Individuals can receive a Distinguished Marksman Badge after firing in Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) events and earning at least 30 EIC points and other requirements in rifle, pistol, smallbore and other disciplines.
The first Distinguished Marksman Badge EIC points were awarded in 2022, with multiple marksmen earning their own points ever since.
To earn points toward a Distinguished Marksman Badge, simply compete in any EIC event conducted or sanctioned by the CMP. This can be at your local club. Match directors at each competition must be made aware of competitors firing in the Distinguished Marksman Program, and turn in match scores of those competitors in order for Distinguished Marksman EIC points to be awarded.
Marksmanship within a safe and controlled setting is an excellent activity for individuals of nearly any age or experience level and is the perfect hobby for those who love unique and fun challenges.
Distinguished Marksman Badge No. 1 is still out there. Claim it by starting your own Distinguished Marksman Badge journey today. Visit the CMP website for more information. Additionally, individuals with questions on how to get involved with Distinguished Marksman Badge qualifying events or clubs that would like more information may also contact CMP Program Coordinator Amy Cantu at [email protected] or (419) 635-2141, ext. 602.