MILPER Message 9-273 Issued 03 September 2019

1. This message will expire one year after the issue date.

2. On 13 June 2019, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
approved the establishment of the Expert Soldier Badge (ESB). The badge will be awarded
to Soldiers who successfully meet all requirements established by the U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

3. The basic eligibility criteria for the ESB are as follows:

a. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) requirement:  All Regular Army, Army National
Guard/Army National Guard of the United States and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers except those
in Infantry, Special Forces, and Medical career management fields can compete for the ESB.
The ESB may be awarded to foreign military personnel in accordance with paragraph 8-4.

b. The authority to test and award the badge is as follows:

(1) The U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT) is the sole authority to authorize
ESB testing and award the ESB.

(2) Soldiers must meet prerequisites established by TRADOC.

(3) The CIMT will appoint senior noncommissioned officers to serve as ESB test managers.

(4) The CIMT will provide a certificate and orders awarding the ESB to Soldiers completing all
standards of the ESB test.

4. The ESB may be not be awarded retroactively, with the exception of those members of
the test team unit specifically identified by TRADOC.

5. The CIMT will forward orders awarding the ESB to the Interactive Personnel Electronic
Records Management System (iPERMS) to update the Soldier’s Army Military Human Resource
Record, in accordance with reference E. The data code for updating eMILPO and other Army
systems is currently in development. On release, the code may be referenced using the HRC
Metadata Helper. To use the Helper, type the award category (e.g. "CBTSPB") into the default
search field at the following link:
Once the results are returned, select the "V" link under "Value." That link will display all award
codes under that category.

6. The ESB will be worth 30 promotion points, this will be reflected in the next update to AR600-8-19.

7. The ESB is authorized for wear on the Army Service Uniform, the Army Combat Uniform,
and the Dress Uniform. Follow the same wear guidance specified in references B and C until new
revisions are published. The ESB is categorized as a Combat, Specialty or Skill Badge (CBTSPB).
It is expected to be placed after the Expert Field Medical Badge.   

8. The ESB is in development and not yet available for purchase or order.  TRADOC is the point
of contact for status updates, but units should not expect any updates before 1 October 2019.

9. Points of contact for this message are the Awards and Decorations Branch (AHRC-PDP-A) at  or the TRADOC CIMT Team at  

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