JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command announced the most recent attempt at Army retention today — another badge.
The Army says the badge-hunter badge will distinguish the service, citing the successes of historic organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, the restaurant Chotchkie's from the movie Office Space, and Mattel’s line of never-ending Barbie accessories.
Public Affairs Officer Maj. John Wagner called it “the mother of all badges,” in a press briefing.
"We aim to have the most on our uniforms," Wagner said. "We see it as an opportunity considering the new pinks and greens uniform is coming out. Look at Marine uniforms. Almost nothing. It’s terrible. How are they able to measure their self-worth if they can’t have forty pieces of fabric and shiny metal to wear to every banquet?”
The badge aims to recognize Soldiers who endlessly pursue awards and schools, often going months without being seen in their units.
“We aren’t ready to unveil what it looks like.” Wagner said. “But what we are allowed to say is it’s epic. The size of a baby’s head. Maybe the size of a tea plate.”
The badge hunter is only available to individuals with over 50 percent school time to service ratios. Positive evaluations are not a prerequisite, and a minimum of four badges must already adorn a Soldier’s uniform prior to applying for the badge.
No other requirements are known. Only badge hunters themselves know the true path to attaining the shiny piece of metal.