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I have been watching entirely too much of the Pentagon and Military Channels as of late and keep seeing a "Sapper" tab on a number of personnel on active duty. Can anyone fill me in on this as I sure never saw it back in the early 90's? Just curious.
 

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Of course someone already has wikimized the subject - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapper_Tab

My bud (Eng NCO) who retired a couple of years ago thought it might never happen, but it has.
I think it's a class move, along with several others which mark achievement outside not covered by previous traditional badges and tabs.
The Combat Action Badge, and Combat Medical Badge have also been instituted to give non-infantry personnel recognition of their involvement in combat.
 

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Thanks Grizz for your plethora of knowledge as usual. It amazes me how much that they have added on with the uniform since I got out in 95. Things like the Combat Action Badge and the black beret (though I still think that they shouldnt have taken it from the Rangers) were kind of urban legend back then. Now they are all a reality. The Combat Medic badge was around then. It took some time to adjust to the ACU, and now I love it and own some ACU pants and shorts. Time stands still for no one.
 

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Are 'Sniper' tabs still a novelty item or have they become official as well?
Nope it's still unauthorized in the military. Probably a good thing since there is a standing bounty on all US military snipers heads that can be collected anytime, anywhere.
 

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Mercenary 25,

Yes, it would be possible for an engineer to go to Ranger school, attend the Sapper Course, and be in the 18th Airborne Corps. Back in the 90's there was a unofficial "Delta Force" tab sold at some of the local surplus stores around Fayetteville. They were not authorized for wear but were more than likely novelty items.
 

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The first issue will be subdue OD, and as of this posting, only Longhorn92 has earned the coveted tab. He will be posted immediately to Chief Instructor, BA Course.

 

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All 12B NCO's are encouraged to go to sapper school at Leonardwood. I remember going to basic back in 1990 as a 12B, people would talk BS saying that the Army was going to start letting guys wear Sapper tabs. You dont have to be a super soldier to go to sapper school. My platoon sgt went, he was overwieght, they said he dropped out of most of the runs and went back to the barracks. The instructors were good soldiers tho, I met a few when we went on a detail over to the course. Most were Ranger qualified. They had some kind of special forces qualifications.
 

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The instructors were good soldiers tho, I met a few when we went on a detail over to the course. Most were Ranger qualified. They had some kind of special forces qualifications.
Hey mattlocke. If they didn't have a Special Forces Tab (which would indicate that they had completed the Q Course, been awarded an 18 Series MOS, and served in a Special Forces Group, and then decided to return to the conventional Army), they didn't have "some kind of special forces qualifications". It's possible that they may have been trained up by an SF MTT (Mobile Training Team), but that doesn't give them any kind of Special Forces qualifications. I'm not talking anyone down, just clarifying things.

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Hey mattlocke. If they didn't have a Special Forces Tab (which would indicate that they had completed the Q Course, been awarded an 18 Series MOS, and served in a Special Forces Group, and then decided to return to the conventional Army), they didn't have "some kind of special forces qualifications". It's possible that they may have been trained up by an SF MTT (Mobile Training Team), but that doesn't give them any kind of Special Forces qualifications. I'm not talking anyone down, just clarifying things.

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fer sure dude. I seen ranger tabs, but really cant remember seeing any special forces tabs. Plus im no expert on sapper instructors but from what I seen almost 20 yrs ago those 2 days I was detailed out to work there my memory is a little fuzzy. I just remember seeing one instructor with longer than regulation haircut and a poncho vila mustache, lol. But im sure sombody there had to have some kind of special forces training.
 
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